A root canal is a treatment performed to save a tooth that has become severely decayed or infected. It is a dental procedure in which the soft center of the tooth- the pulp, is removed. Nerves, tissues, and blood vessels make up the pulp, which helps the tooth grow.
Who is an Endodontist?
Dentists who specialize in tooth illness and infection are known as endodontists. They have further training that allows them to detect and treat tooth discomfort as well as perform root canals, a specific technique that saves a tooth that has become diseased or decaying.
Why Does Tooth Pulp Need To Be Removed?
When the nerve tissue or pulp of a tooth is damaged, it breaks down, allowing germs to grow in the pulp chamber. An infection or abscessed tooth can be caused by germs or decaying debris. When an infection spreads beyond the ends of the tooth's roots, it forms an abscess (a puss-filled pocket formed at the end of the tooth roots).
Other causes of tooth pulp damage include:
- A chip or crack in the tooth
- Injury to the tooth caused due to oral trauma
- Multiple dental procedures on the same tooth
- Untreated cavity
What are the Signs When a Root Canal is Needed?
- Sharp pain while biting or chewing
- Tooth sensitivity
- Darkened gums
- Swollen or painful gums
- Chipped or cracked teeth
How is a Root Canal Performed?
There are four main steps followed during a root canal. Once you are comfortably settled on the dental chair, we will carry out the following:
Step 1: Anesthesia
We will numb your gums using numbing medication and then administer local anesthesia in your gums. This will keep you from experiencing any pain or discomfort.
Step 2: Removing the Pulp
A small incision will be made on your teeth, from which the damaged pulp will be carefully removed using special tools.
Step 3: Antibiotics
We'll then carefully clean the area and then put a small amount of antibiotic medication to protect your teeth from reinfection and promote healing.
Step 4: Temporary fillings
After applying the antibiotics, we'll finish the treatment using a soft, temporary filling to fill the little opening in the top of the tooth. This sealant will help in protecting the canals from saliva damage.
Once the area is healed, the temporary filling will be replaced by a crown. Follow-ups and following good oral practices are important to avoid reinfection.
Please reach out to our dental practice in West Jordan, UT, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gardois. Please call us at (801) 871-5820 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.