Root canal therapy involves removing the pulp tissue, nerves, and blood vessels from the tooth. The inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected, and then the canals and pulp chamber are reshaped. Once the tooth is free from infection, a dental crown is placed to restore the tooth’s strength and appearance.
What are the signs that may suggest root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp, or the nerve of the tooth, becomes inflamed or infected. When this occurs, a root canal is needed to remove the infected tissue.
What are the symptoms of root canal infection?
Root canal therapy is recommended when the pulp, or soft tissue inside a tooth, becomes infected. This infection can be caused by decay, cracks, chips, or repeated dental procedures on the same tooth.
If your tooth is severely damaged or infected, you may be experiencing the following symptoms:
- Severe tooth pain when you chew or apply pressure to the tooth
- Fever and/or swelling
- Pus around the tooth
- Drainage from the surrounding gum
- Tooth discoloration
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, you should talk to your dentist about root canal therapy as soon as possible. Root canal therapy is highly successful and will allow you to keep your natural tooth.
How does root canal therapy work?
First, your dentist will numb the area thoroughly so you don’t feel any pain. Then, they drill away tooth decay and damaged portions of the tooth. They’ll clean out the pulp, then fill the tooth with a rubber-like substance called gutta-percha. Finally, they’ll place a crown over the tooth. A crown is a cap that covers the tooth. It’s usually made of porcelain, and it protects the tooth from further damage and decay.
How long does root canal therapy take?
The length of your root canal procedure will vary based on a number of factors. The length of your visit will also depend on the number of canals or canals present, any restorative treatments that may be required, and any unexpected complications.
Some patients report that root canal therapy is relatively painless. A local anesthetic is used during the procedure, so you will not be in pain during the therapy.
The length of treatment will generally depend on the number of canals present, the health of the tooth, and any additional treatment that is required. Most root canal procedures take between one to two visits.
Will I need to follow any instructions after receiving root canal therapy?
Yes, you will likely need to follow some aftercare instructions. This includes carefully brushing and flossing the area where the treatment was performed. A follow-up appointment will also be scheduled to check the status of the treated tooth.
A root canal treatment will help you to maintain your oral health and your smile. We also recommend scheduling regular checkups and cleanings every six months. In the event that a cavity or infection occurs, we will perform a root canal therapy to remove the infected pulp.
Call 34th Street Dental Care at 708-484-6576 to schedule your consultation with our dentists to learn more about our dental treatments.