Root Canal Therapy
Capati Dental can perform root canal therapy when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection.
Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution. In many cases this may actually be a problem, extracting (pulling) a tooth will cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.
Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:
- Swelling and/or tenderness.
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
- Sometimes no symptoms are present.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold.
- Severe toothache pain.
Reasons for root canal therapy:
- Injury or trauma to the tooth.
- Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
- Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
What does root canal therapy involve?
A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments.
While the tooth is numb, a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. An access opening is made on top of the tooth and he pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria are removed by using a series of root canal files. If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments.
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.
At the next appointment, usually a week later, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials. A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth.
In addition, it’s recommended that all teeth with root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed. This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function.
After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.
You will be given care instructions after each appointment. Regular good home care practices and scheduled dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.