If you have a severely damaged, decaying tooth or a serious tooth infection (abscess), we may recommend a root canal treatment. Root canals are used to repair and save your tooth instead of removing it.
What’s Involved in Root Canal Repair?The pulp is soft tissue inside your tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels and provides nourishment for your tooth. It can become infected if you have:
- A deep cavity
- Repeated dental procedures that disturb this tissue
- A cracked or fractured tooth
- Injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)
What Should I Expect?A root canal treatment usually takes 1 or 2 office visits to complete. There is little to no pain because we will use local anesthesia so you don’t feel the procedure. Once the procedure is complete, you should no longer feel the pain you felt before having it done.Before treatment begins, we will:
- Take X-rays to get a clear view of your tooth and the surrounding bone.
- Numb the area around and including your tooth so you are comfortable during the treatment.
- Put a thin sheet of latex rubber over your tooth to keep it dry, clean and protected from viruses, bacteria and fungus that are normally in the mouth.
- Create an opening in the top of your tooth.
- Remove the tooth’s nerve from inside the tooth and in the areas in the root, known the root canal.
- Clean inside the tooth and each root canal. We may treat the tooth with germ-killing medicine.
- Fill the root canals with a rubber-like material to seal them against future infection.
- Place a temporary filling on the tooth to protect it until a definitive restoration like a permanent filling or crown can be placed at the earliest opportunity.
- Your tooth and the area around it may feel sensitive for a few days. You can talk with us about how to relieve any discomfort you may have.
- We may prescribe antibiotics if the infection spread. Use as directed, and follow up with us if you have any problems taking it.
How Long Will a Root Canal Filling Last?With proper care, your restored tooth can last a long time. Make it a point to brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste, clean between your teeth once a day and see us regularly to make sure your teeth are strong and healthy.
I heard about CT Scan for Root Canal, what is it?
Today’s contemporary endodontic treatments have changed some of the traditional practices of dentistry. The advancements of new equipment like the cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) can help detect hidden root canal that normal eye cannot see. CT scan produces an accurate high quality detailed 3D X-ray image to aid in the detection of these hard-to-find canals. This technology is available at Mason Dentistry. For more information, click here.