Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth becomes infected, the only way to remove the infection and save the tooth is with a root canal. Root canal therapy is a procedure in which the infected pulp is removed from the tooth before being filled and sealed with a crown, which is meant to protect the tooth from bacteria and provide strength. At Tuttle Crossing Dental Group, we can perform this procedure for you, saving your tooth and stopping the spread of infection.
Why would you need a root canal?
Root canals become necessary when bacteria enter your tooth and cause an infection. This can happen as the result of a chip or crack in the tooth that exposes the dentin (hollow channels that lead to the pulp and root of the tooth). It can also happen as a result of gum disease. Once bacteria enter the tooth, they begin to multiply. The pulp within your tooth becomes irritated and inflamed, causing damage and killing the nerves in the root of the tooth.
Signs You Might Need a Root Canal
When the interior of your tooth is infected, this can lead to an abscess, or a fluid filled sac. When the bacteria spill out of the tooth’s root and into the jaw, the abscess forms a protective barrier, attempting to contain the infection and prevent it from spreading. Abscesses are one of the most common signs that a root canal is required. Other symptoms include:
In some cases, you might experience no symptoms at all. However, no symptoms do not mean you don’t need treatment. If we notice an infection during a routine visit, you will require treatment.
Diagnosing an Infected Tooth
Before getting a root canal, we will perform a thorough exam first, to determine if you truly have an infection. This may include a visual exam as well as x-rays. With x-rays, we can see under the gums, and into the bone. X-rays can also be a helpful tool in developing the best treatment plan.
Root Canal Procedure
Before treatment begins, we first administer a local anesthetic. We clean and dry the affected tooth, and create a barrier that keeps out saliva and bacteria during the procedure. We drill a small hole into the tooth, which provides access to the inside. With small, specialized tools, we can remove the pulp, clean the interior of the tooth and shape the canals. The newly shaped area is packed with a filling material to keep out new bacteria.
After the tooth is filled, it is prepared (shaved down) for a crown, which provides strength and stability to your weakened tooth. An impression is taken of the tooth and sent off to a lab, which creates your custom, permanent, restoration. While you wait for the restoration to come back, we will provide you with a temporary crown to help keep out any new bacteria. You may experience minor discomfort for a few days following your root canal, but it should dissipate quickly. Once your permanent crown is placed, you will be able to eat as normal.
With root canal therapy, we can remove the infection from the inside of your tooth, while saving the tooth from needing to be extracted. If you are suffering from a toothache, don’t ignore it. Call Tuttle Crossing Dental Group at (614) 973-6585 today to schedule an appointment.