Root Canal Treatment
Having a root canal can be a bit scary, but having the right root canal specialist is key. There are tons of horrific stories out there that make even the most steady dental patient apprehensive. Modern dentistry has actually made root canal treatment pretty straightforward. Knowing what is involved can help.
The Benefit Of Why To Visit A Root Canal Specialist?
The inside of a healthy tooth has living pulp where the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues live. That pulp is normally protected by the dentin and enamel layers above it. However, tooth decay or damage to the tooth can cause infection to start in the pulp.
If that infection is left untreated, it can destroy the pulp, kill the tooth, and spread into the jaw bone and surrounding tissues. A root canal is the most common method to treat an infected tooth. It removes the infection and helps to restore the integrity of the tooth.
How Does A Root Canal Specialist Perform Treatment?
Before drilling into the tooth, the dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding tissue using an injectable anesthetic. If there are signs that the root canal infection has gone deep into the bone, the dentist may apply more anesthetic. Once the area is numb, the dentist will apply a dental dam. This rubber sheet helps isolate the tooth from the rest of the mouth, creating a more sterile environment.
The next step involves drilling a hole into the pulp chamber of the tooth. For back teeth, the hole is drilled from the top. For front teeth, the hole is drilled from behind.
With access available, the dentist will clean out the infection using special tools. Antiseptic and antibacterial solution helps clean the infection out and clean the surface of the pulp chamber. To prepare the chamber for the filling material, the dentist will use other special tools to clean it out and prepare the inside surface. A final cleaning with antiseptic and antibacterial solution clears away any remaining infection.
To fill the cleaned pulp chamber, the dentist uses a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha. This material fills in the gap and prevents further infection from occurring. To fill the hole used to access the pulp chamber, the dentist will apply a regular filling material.
After the root canal procedure, the dentist may prescribe antibiotics to make sure all the infection is gone. The tooth will be sensitive for a few days.
Root canal treatment has a 95 percent success rate in saving infected teeth. And those teeth will be around for decades to come.