Nothing is as good as a natural tooth! Sometimes your natural tooth may need a Root Canal Treatment for it to remain a healthy part of your mouth.
At Balboa Dentistry & Orthodontics, our highly experienced Endodontists treat patients requiring a root canal treatment with the latest Dental technologies, which allows for a more accurate diagnosis, treatment and result. If you’ve been told that you need a root canal treatment, you can find the answers to your questions below.
What is a Root Canal Treatment?: To understand what a Root Canal treatment entails, it helps to know something about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel, is a hard layer called the dentin and the soft tissue is known as the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue, which forms the surrounding hard tissues of the tooth during development.
The pulp extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the roots, where it connects to the tissues surrounding the root. The pulp is important during a tooth’s growth and development. Once a tooth is fully mature, it can survive without the pulp, because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
Why would I need a Root Canal treatment?: It is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal becomes inflamed or infected. This can occur for a numbers of reasons: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack/chip in the tooth.
Signs of needing a Root Canal Treatment?: Signs to look for include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, discoloration of the tooth, swelling, drainage and tenderness in the lymph nodes as well as nearby bone and gingival tissues.
How does a Root Canal Treatment save the tooth: The Specialist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the canal, and then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, the Specialist will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
Will I feel pain during or after the procedure: Many Root Canal procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. With modern techniques and anesthetics, most patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure.
For the first few days after the treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications.