Do you have a tooth ache, exposed nerve, or abscess? If so, we may recommend saving the tooth with a root canal instead of pulling it and replacing it with a bridge or implant. Root canals are now performed using advanced techniques and materials, making them far more comfortable and faster than they used to be. Root canal treatment is the process of trying to save a dying tooth by cleaning out damaged nerve systems. This is an attempt to save the natural tooth, if possible, instead of extracting it.
What does this treatment involve?
Root canal treatment may involve one or more dental visits.
First, your tooth is numbed for comfort. A thin sheet of latex rubber is placed over your tooth to keep it dry. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
The tooth’s nerve or pulp is removed from the pulp chamber and root canal (the space inside the root). Each root canal is cleaned and shaped so it can be filled.
Your dentist may place medicine in the pulp chamber and root canal(s) to help get rid of bacteria.
The root canal(s) are usually filled with a rubber-like material to seal them. A temporary filling is then placed in the tooth to prevent contamination of the root canal(s). You might be given antibiotics if the infection has spread beyond the end of the root(s). If your dentist prescribes medicine, use it only as directed. If you have any problems with the medicine, call you dentist.
During the next stage of treatment, the dentist removes the temporary filling and restores the tooth with a crown or filling to strengthen it and improve the way it looks. If an endodontist performs the root canal treatment, he or she usually recommends that you return to your general dentist for this step.
If you have any questions about root canals, contact us at (727) 541-5606.