Root Canal Therapy
We at Sparkle Dental are always ready to get you started on your root canal procedure for your diseased tooth. Root canals are used to treat and remove infected pulp in your tooth. It is a treatment that may require several visits with our dentists, but at the end of it, you should have a healthy tooth. An infected tooth is usually quite painful due to the inflamed tissues and blood vessels in the pulp. This is why many people fear the treatment, but you shouldn't worry, since after the first visit your teeth should start feeling a bit better.
Our dentists recommend a root canal if the pulp of your tooth is damaged. Some common causes of this are damaged or infected teeth, extensive tooth decay, and sometimes gum disease. However, the most common cause is ignored decay that grows to reach the pulp. This is why our dentists advise you get any issue with your teeth addressed as soon as possible. It is important to note that sometimes you can have damaged pulp in an otherwise healthy-looking tooth.
The Root Canal Treatment
The procedure can take several visits depending on the extent of damage on the tooth. It involves drilling the tooth if there is no cavity and removing the pulp and all its blood vessels. The pulp needs to be removed since it will cause you a lot of pain. The other reason is that if left unaddressed, it can lead to an abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pocket that develops and is filled with pus. All of these can lead to much worse conditions, such as loss of bone tissue on the affected tooth.
Do not worry about pain since our dentists always use anesthesia before starting the procedure. This numbs all the tissues around the tooth as well as the cheek. The tooth is then cleaned thoroughly using tiny needle-like tools called files. Our dentist will often irrigate the tooth with water and an antimicrobial solution to kill any bacteria. If the extent of damage is enormous, then you may need another visit before the filling. We will first give you a temporary filling, then a permanent one after a few weeks to ensure that the tooth is healthy.
Side Effects and Pain
If the root canal was successful, you shouldn't experience any pain. If you do, it means that there is still some pulp residue and you have to come in and get it cleaned. The tooth should be perfectly healthy once the treatment is complete, and you get the filling of your choice. You should brush and floss as you would regularly to maintain hygiene and prevent other issues from developing.
A root canal treatment is recommended to people who don't want to lose their tooth since the alternative is extraction. It is perfectly safe and painless as long as you follow the instructions our dentist gives during the procedure. Call us today on Sparkle Dental at (617) 430-6404 if you have any questions.