A root canal is a type of restorative dentistry that aims at preserving damaged teeth. It is a painless procedure where the infected pulp is removed, and space is covered to stop toothaches. Pulp is a soft substance at the tooth's center that contains blood vessels, nerve endings, and connective tissues. It extends to the tooth's root through canals. According to the American Association of Endodontics, more than 15 million root canals are performed every year.
This procedure is also known as endodontic therapy and is often recommended for patients who suffer from severe toothaches, tooth decay, and tooth sensitivity. Before the procedure is carried out, we perform a comprehensive dental exam to determine if it is the best option for your oral health. At Keizer Family Dental, we provide a safe root canal treatment that will give you back your beautiful smile.
Who is Eligible for a Root Canal?
If a patient has tooth cracks or an infection to the tooth's pulp, we may recommend getting a root canal procedure. This damage to the tooth can be caused by tooth decay, bacterial infections, or even due to leaking fillings. If you have a cavity and experience pain and sensitivity while chewing food, the pulp might have become inflamed. Our team suggests our patients come in for regular checkups to detect cavities early and avoid the need for a root canal.
What is the Procedure for a Root Canal?
There are several steps in preparing a tooth for a root canal. First, our dentists will numb the area from the gum to the root with an anesthetic medication. We then use a drill to get to the canals and pulp chamber. Next, an antibacterial solution is used to disinfect the canal from any infections.
The canals are then shaped and cleaned again before placing the rubber-like material, which is called gutta-percha, inside it. If your tooth is too damaged, we might need to place a post in the canal to strengthen the tooth. After this process, the hole we drilled earlier is covered with a crown or filling to prevent bacteria or saliva from entering the tooth and leading to infection.
Benefit of Root Canals
By getting a root canal procedure, patients can retain their natural teeth. Instead of completely extracting the tooth, its canals are cleaned and filled to function as usual. If given proper after-care, teeth that undergo root canals can last your whole life. In case of a bacterial infection, it prevents spread to nearby teeth.
Pain caused by an infected pulp can cause discomfort when chewing; a root canal removes the cause of the pain. It helps restore healthy teeth for a natural smile. Root canals help in jaw preservation since a missing tooth causes jaw degradation over time.
Root canals effectively relieve you from discomfort and pain brought about by toothaches and decay. Through this procedure, one can get rid of bacteria, thus improving oral health.
Please find us at Keizer Family Dental if you are in need of a root canal so our team can help preserve your tooth. For any inquiries about root canals, do not hesitate to reach out to us at (971) 345-8563 today.