Your teeth can be damaged due to a number of factors, it could be because of the types of food you have been eating, it could be because of trauma or fracture from an injury, or from a poor oral hygiene. While there are many things that can result in the damage or decay of your teeth, there are also effective methods by which you can still have your teeth saved, and one of them is by undergoing a root canal treatment.
There are a number of dental solutions that your dentist can offer you when it comes to restoring a damaged tooth and it will always depend on your case and the extent of the problem. But if your tooth has been severely damaged, a root canal therapy will be the most recommended solution for you.
Root canal treatment can help you preserve and restore a damaged tooth without the need to get it pulled out, because this is the procedure that has been used by dental experts to save a tooth that has been severely damaged or infected. In a root canal treatment, the infected pulp of the tooth is taken out and the root canal is cleaned before it will be filled in and sealed. Using this treatment, the tissues surrounding the tooth will be protected from infection so that abscesses will not form. This aims to treat and restore the tooth so that you will no longer continue to experience pain triggered by infection.
When a pulp of a tooth becomes damaged, the bacteria begins to proliferate within the pulp chamber and the bacteria and other debris can lead to an infection or an abscessed tooth. An abscess normally forms at the end of your tooth roots in a form of pockets filled with pus. It occurs when the infection has already spread all the way to other parts of your tooth especially the ends of your tooth roots Aside from the formation of the abscess, the infection of the pulp can result in the swelling of your neck or head or the other parts or areas of your face.
What procedures are involved in a root canal treatment?
- The dentist will administer local anesthesia using injections in order to numb the tooth that needs the treatment as well as the surrounding tissues. If the tooth has been severely inflamed, it may take a while to get the pulp numbed.
- The tooth that will be treated will have to be isolated from the rest of the teeth using a dental dam that will be placed over the affected and the adjacent teeth. It is important for the infected tooth to be isolated so that the root canal procedure will be carried out in an environment that is free of contamination by bacteria from saliva or from around your mouth.
- To give access to your dentist through the pulp and the root canal, a tiny access hole is drilled through the chewing surface of the infected tooth or it can be from behind a front tooth.
- Once your dentist gets the access to the infected pulp, he will be removing it from your tooth using tools that are specially designed to clean the root canals as well as the pulp chamber.
- The empty root canals will then be disinfected with the use of antiseptic and antibacterial solutions. These root canals will then be prepared for the root canals fillings and sealers.
- The root canal fillings that will be used are carefully selected so that they fit exactly into the root canals prepared by your dentist. A rubber like material called gutta-percha is what will be used to fill the empty space. It will be heated and the compressed against the walls of your root canals before the tooth will be sealed.
- Another filling material will be used to seal the access hole drilled in the beginning of the procedure and then the dental dam will be removed.
- After the treatment, your dentist may prescribe an antibiotic to prevent infection. Just make sure to stick to your dentist’s instructions. You may also need a permanent restoration in a form of a filling or a crown to restore the damaged tooth structure.
For more information on root canal treatment, you can call Altima Dental Group of West Kendall at (305) 224-6140, or visit us at 16371 SW 88th Street Miami, FL 33196.