Tooth decay is the most prevailing dental problem that affects people of all ages. This can compromise your masticatory functions and the symptoms can be distressing. However, root canal therapy can effectively restore dental decay when it involves the pulp.
Bayside Dental Arts and team provide single or multiple tooth root canal procedures using state-of-the-art technology to relieve painful symptoms.
Understanding root canal therapy
Root canal therapy (RCT) is the most widely used dental restoration procedure to remove inflamed or infected pulp on the inside of the tooth. The pulp is the center portion of the tooth that contains nerves, connective tissues, and blood vessels.
The canals are then carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a biocompatible material.
RCT is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canals, preventing re-infection of the tooth and saving the natural tooth. RCT relieves pain eliminating the need for extractions.
Indications that require root canal therapy
Your doctor may recommend root canals for the following reasons:
- Severe tooth pain while chewing or biting
- A chipped or a cracked tooth
- Tooth discoloration
- Deep dental decay
- Trauma to the tooth
- Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold, even after removing the stimuli
- Swollen and tender gums
- Darkening of the gums
Root canal therapy- steps involved
Root canal therapy is a safe procedure that can be performed in one to two appointments.
The steps are as follows:
- Your doctor will isolate the tooth to be treated and numb the area with local anesthesia
- Using ultrasonic instruments, your dentist will remove the decay and debris from the tooth surface.
- An access opening will be made to expose the infected pulp and remove it completely.
- The root canals will be cleaned to flush out the bacteria and debris. Ultrasonic files will help prepare the canals and later filled with gutta-percha. This seals your tooth and prevents re-infection.
- During your next week, once the RC-treated tooth heals, your dentist will prepare the tooth for impressions.
- These impressions will be sent to the lab for the fabrication of a crown.
- Once the crown is ready, you will called for the final crown cementation.
- Your dentist will check the crown fit, and the bite making necessary corrections if required.
Recovery after root canal therapy
Post root canal therapy it is normal to experience mild swelling and discomfort around the treated tooth. Your dentist will advice the following instructions for the initial few days for quick recovery:
- Avoid eating hard food substances
- Avoid extremely hot or cold things since you may experience an increased sensitivity
- Rest and take your pain medications and antibiotics as directed
Root canal therapies are excellent alternatives to extraction. These dental procedures retain the natural tooth structure thereby restoring the oral form, function, and aesthetics.