A root canal treatment removes the infected dental pulp from a tooth, which is causing pain. At Millpond Family Dental, we perform root canals and then restore the tooth with a dental crown or filling. This restorative dental procedure is usually performed to prevent an infection from spreading to other parts of the mouth while keeping the infected tooth from being extracted.
There are two ways in which root canals are performed. The traditional method is performed in one visit, where the dental pulp is removed and the tooth is disinfected and sealed. When the treatment is finished, the treated tooth remains fully functional, although not as strong as a natural tooth.
The second type of root canal treatment is performed in multiple visits. This treatment involves removing the pulp, disinfecting the tooth, placing a dental filling, and covering it with a dental crown, which would require some fabrication time.
When Is Root Canal Treatment Needed?
A root canal is necessary when the pulp of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected when decay or physical trauma has caused damage to the tooth and bacteria seeped into the root canal. When left untreated, the infection could spread and lead to an abscess.
The Root Canal Procedure
During a root canal procedure, your dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Then, the dentist will drill a small hole in the tooth to remove the infected pulp. The hole is then filled with a rubber-like material, called gutta-percha, which helps prevent future infections. Finally, the tooth is sealed.
Advantages of Having a Root Canal Procedure
Endodontic treatment or root canal is usually recommended when the dental pulp has been injured and infected or when the pulp has died. The treatment prevents further damage and infection. Root canal therapy also relieves pain and discomfort associated with the damaged tooth.
Are Root Canal Procedures Painful?
A root canal procedure is no more uncomfortable than a routine dental filling. After a local anesthetic is administered, our dentist will widen the root canal. At this point, the dentist will remove any dead or diseased tissue in the canal. The dentist will then clean the canal and seal it to prevent further infection.
What Happens After a Root Canal?
After a root canal, you may experience some soreness and sensitivity. Over-the-counter pain medications can be used to treat this. You may also feel some pressure or tenderness for a few days, but these effects should fade relatively quickly.
A restored tooth may feel different than it used to, but it should function normally again. However, restoration may not last a lifetime. Be sure to return to our dentist for regular follow-up appointments so he can monitor the condition of your root canal.
To learn more about the advantages of root canal therapy, contact Millpond Family Dental at 3490 Kildaire Farm RD STE. 170, Cary, NC 27518, or call Dentist in Cary, NC at (984) 465-1544.