When you have a tooth having nerve damage due to an infection or decay, the best solution is a root canal treatment. By this treatment, you can keep your natural tooth, avoid the need for an artificial tooth, keep the alignment of your teeth, and prevent issues with your jaw. Your tooth does not necessarily need its nerve to maintain proper functioning, so the removal through a root canal treatment will not cause significant damage or loss of functionality.
Root canal treatment is a highly skilled procedure designed to clear an infected tooth. It involves the use of special equipment to clear the root canal of all infection, before filling the tooth and in many cases a crown is added to give it extra strength.
If you have a root canal, it’s important to have it done at a reputable location by a dentist with experience performing the procedure. Also follow after-care instructions very carefully to promote adequate and proper healing. Inform your dentist if something doesn’t feel right or you’re worried that the root canal wasn’t fully successful. A regular follow-up can help detect possible problems and treat them before they get worse.
Procedure involved in Root Canal Treatment:
The procedure of a root canal treatment can be done in one or several visits to your dentist depending on the condition of your infected tooth. First, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the infected area. Then, a rubber dam may be place surrounding the area so that bacteria are kept away. Then, a hole will be created in the tooth to access the root canal. Once the damaged area can be reached, the pulp (nerve) will be cleared out by your dentist and the canal will be thoroughly cleaned. Dentist uses specially shaped files to clean out the root canals. Then the empty pulp and root canals are thoroughly disinfected. The canal will then be filled and sealed and the opening created to reach the root canal will be covered with a filling. A tooth that has had root canal therapy might be restored with a filling if it is right in the front of the mouth or more likely with a crown if it is at the back of the mouth.
Tips To Follow After Root Canal Treatment:
It is necessary to take any prescribed antibiotics as directed in order to prevent any further or additional infection.
If you have a prolonged period of pain, contact your dentist immediately.
Follow proper hygiene habits and clean the tooth and gums regularly where your root canal occurred. Use a fluoride toothpaste and brush for a full two minutes. Follow up by gently flossing between each tooth to remove any built-up food in the gaps
Not put too much pressure on the side of your mouth where you had your root canal.
Avoid the food that is hard, chewy, or crunchy just after the treatment.
At Dr. Jeevan V. Ghatnekar, DDS – Irvine Dentist , we regularly perform a root canal endodontic treatment in order to remove infections and save our patients’ teeth. We can complete the procedure and work to keep patients comfortable. Root canals are a common procedure. If you live in the Irvine CA area and are currently experiencing tooth pain, we invite you to call 949-552-1380 to schedule an appointment and see if you need a root canal endodontic treatment.
Why do most people need a root canal?
When a tooth becomes infected, that infection can spread into the center of the tooth. This area is called the dental pulp. Inside of the dental pulp is the nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. All of the sensitive areas of the tooth are contained here. As such, when the area becomes infected it can be incredibly painful, requiring immediate treatment. We can perform a root canal quickly on people living in and around the Irvine CA area.
How does the treatment work?
A root canal endodontic procedure works by creating a small hole in the tooth so that all of the infected areas can be removed. The dental pulp is removed, and oftentimes so are the roots. You only need your tooth roots to feel sensations like hot and cold and for the tooth to grow in. Once it has fully matured, removing the roots will not directly harm the tooth. It can, however, prevent the further spread of infection so when it is necessary to remove the roots; we promptly do so. Once done, we will clean the area to ensure that the infection is gone. We will typically prescribe antibiotics, as well. This ensures that any lingering infection is eliminated.
In order to complete the root canal, we will seal up the hole and area where the dental pulp used to be. This is typically done with something called gutta-percha. This is a rubber-like substance that can help to stabilize the tooth now that a portion is missing. At Dr. Jeevan V. Ghatnekar, DDS, we will then use a filling or crown in order to further strengthen and protect the damaged tooth. Both fillings and crowns can now be created in a tooth-color. This means that regardless of where your infected tooth is located, a crown can be used, and it will blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. Patients throughout the Irvine CA area appreciate how natural their tooth looks once the procedure is complete.