Root Canal Therapy
Here at Kevin Nail, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we have experts who use root canal treatment to repair and restore infected or badly damaged teeth. In this procedure, our dentists usually remove the damaged part of the tooth, which is the pulp, clean and disinfect it, before filling and sealing the part. Some of the common causes that affect the pulp include cracked tooth, trauma, deep cavity, or recurrent dental treatment to the particular tooth.
You might have heard that this procedure is painful, but that is not true. The main aim of this dental procedure is to restore a tooth that has a severe infection. Our dentist usually performs this dental procedure to remove the bacteria, as well as the dead or dying tissue from your tooth.
Modern technologies and techniques have significantly improved this procedure and made the treatment more comfortable. Thanks to these new advancements, you may not need to visit our office more than two times to complete the procedure.
When You May Need Root Canal Therapy
We mostly recommend root canal therapy for patients who have a deep infection in their tooth, but they do not want the tooth extracted. Bacteria can infect the pulp of your tooth because of trauma or severe cavity that remains untreated for some time. Without the proper treatment, this infection can become worse, and demand that the tooth be extracted. However, it is possible to save your tooth, if the damage is not too extensive.
What to Expect With a Root Canal Procedure
Before making an appointment for this procedure, you need to understand that the procedure is typically undertaken in four steps. They are carried out over the course of two appointments.
One of our dentists will administer local anesthesia using a needle - this helps in numbing the tooth. Once the tooth is numb, our dentist then places a dental dam, which isolates your tooth, and keeps it dry and clean in the entire procedure.
Our dentist then uses small tools, like drills, to create an opening at the top part of the affected tooth to access the inside of your tooth. The dentist will use tiny files to remove the infected and damaged pulp from the tooth. An antimicrobial solution is used to kill any remaining bacteria in the chamber and reduce the possibility of further infections.
Once we have cleaned and dried the chamber, we fill it using a material, which resembles a rubber. Once the chamber is filled, we cover the tooth using a temporary material, as you wait for a permanent crown.
We usually complete this procedure after a few weeks, when our dentist places a permanent crown on the top of your tooth. We can also use different types of restoration to cover the tooth, but this will depend on your preference. In addition to this, we might fix a small post inside the tooth’s root chamber to make the restoration or crown more stable. This, however, will depend on the condition of the remaining natural tooth.
Let your decayed tooth not trouble you again. Contact us here at Kevin Nail, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (346) 250-3575 and book an appointment with our dentists to get the necessary assistance.