If you have a tooth that has become darkened, is very sensitive to cold or heat, or you have swelling and tenderness of the gums near one of your teeth, you may require a root canal. This is a procedure to repair and save a damaged or a badly infected tooth, which involves cleaning out and filling the canals inside the root of the tooth. The highly skilled endodontists at Erik P. Cadra DMD are ready to provide you with the best possible care and restore your tooth to its full function and excellent appearance.
Why it is Needed
If a root canal problem is not promptly treated, the bacteria in the infected inner pulp of the tooth can travel into the root and jaw tissue. This can lead to an abscess, which will require urgent treatment. An abscess can also cause infection and inflammation in other parts of the body. A root canal treatment can save a tooth that might have otherwise died and required an extraction.
Although the exterior of a tooth is hard and durable, the inside is made of soft, living tissue. This tissue can be infected with damaging bacteria. Whenever possible, saving your natural tooth is preferred, rather than having an extraction. A root canal treatment will also alleviate pain and help avoid more complicated and expensive future procedures.
Endodontic means the internal part of the tooth. Under the hard exterior enamel is the pulp, which is a soft material made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. A developing tooth needs the pulp in order to grow, but a mature tooth can survive without it. This is because the ligament that attaches the tooth to the jawbone can adequately nourish it.
After numbing your tooth in the same manner used for cavity filling, our endodontist will clean out the infected pulp area. They will then fill the resulting space with a soft rubber like material, which seals the canals.
With the bacteria and infection gone, so is the danger to the surrounding area. The possibility of an abscess is eliminated, as are future related problems. With the removal of the tooth’s nerves, the pain is gone.
Over time, a tooth which has had an endodontic procedure will become brittle, and will need an extra measure of protection, so the next step is to add a crown. Once fitted, the crown will give the function and appearance of a normal tooth.
From Painful to Painless
An endodontic treatment is a pain relief treatment. Any pain associated with the phrase “root canal” has to do with the condition that requires the treatment, not the treatment itself. The procedure is relatively painless, and is a similar experience to getting a conventional filling. You should be able to resume normal chewing and bite pressure after a few days. Your restored tooth may provide a slightly different type of sensation than your other teeth at first, but you should be completely pain free.
If you are looking for the best endodontic treatment, Erik P. Cadra DMD is your first choice. Call us at 661-502-6990 for more information about root canal therapy.