Root Canal Therapy
Are you suffering from a root canal infection? Root canal therapies can preserve your tooth and stop it from hurting. In the past, root canals were given a bad rap as being a painful procedure.
Despite having a reputation as one of the most painful dental treatments possible, advances in techniques and technology over the last decade mean that root canal therapies are as painless and simple cavity filling.
Where is the root canal?
Each tooth is made up of three layers. The hard, outer layer is enamel. The middle layer is softer and called dentin. The innermost layer is the most vital part of the tooth and is known as the pulp.
The root canal system contains strands of dental pulp, which supply the tooth with blood vessels, connective tissue, nutrients and nerves. The root canal extends from the crown of the tooth, right down to the end of the root.
When the dental pulp becomes diseased, the pulp dies which cuts off the nutrients, blood vessels and nerve endings that the tooth needs to be healthy.
Why is root canal treatment required?Root canal problems begin with a bacterial infection in the pulp of the tooth. Teeth can easily become infected through dental damage or decay, and infections spread quickly before the first symptoms are noticed. These symptoms could include:
- Pain when biting or chewing
- Pain when eating or drinking hot or cold food
- A loose tooth
As the infection spreads, these symptoms often fade, leading the patient to believe that it has healed by itself. However, it is at this point that the infection will have spread to the root canal system, causing:
- Facial swelling
- A return of pain when biting or chewing
- Swelling in the gum around the affected tooth
- Oozing from the affected tooth
- The tooth darkening in color
By performing root canal surgery, we will be able to save your natural tooth and restore its strength, function and aesthetic appearance.
Treating root canal infectionsWhile antibiotics are effective at treating many bacterial infections, they are unsuccessful at resolving an infection within the root canal. The only possible way to remove the infection is by manually removing the bacteria from inside the root canal, or to extract the tooth altogether.
Root canal procedure
Root canal is always performed using a local anesthetic, and it may be possible for you to have a sedative if you are particularly anxious about the procedure.
Once your mouth is numb and you are relaxed, we will be able to start the root canal procedure, drilling down through the tooth and removing all traces of the infection from each root canal using our precision equipment.
When we are satisfied that we have removed the infection, we will place a temporary filling over the tooth and send you home.
This will give the tooth time to settle. After around a week, you will be asked to come back into our offices where we will be able to check the tooth to ensure that the infection has been completely eradicated. We can then issue you with a permanent cavity filling or crown, and conclude your root canal treatment.
Am I a suitable candidate for root canal treatment?We believe in finding the right solution for every patient, and so before we approve your candidacy for any treatment you will need to attend a consultation with us at our offices. At this appointment, we will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, as well as take an x-ray to determine if the tooth pulp is infected. If this is the case, you will almost certainly be approved for prompt root canal treatment.
At SD Dental Implants, we are devoted to providing exceptional quality dentistry and patient care. If you would like to know more about our root canal treatment, or you believe you are suffering from a dental infection and would like to schedule an appointment with our team of friendly, experienced professionals, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.