What could cause the pulp tissue to become diseased and lead to root canal problems? One potential source of infection is untreated tooth decay, which can allow bacteria from the tooth’s surface to work its way deep inside. A crack or fracture in a tooth could offer another pathway for microorganisms to infect the pulp.
Dental trauma – from a sports injury, for example; may also damage dentin or pulp, or expose it to infection. Extensive dental procedures (such as multiple fillings or restorations on the same tooth), may cause trouble; occasionally, even routine procedures like orthodontics may eventually lead to root canal problems.
What Is a Root Canal?
From time to time people are unable to keep up with their regular dental upkeep, and wind up needing larger procedures to alleviate pain. If you incur damage to the tooth pulp, and are in pain as a result, many times it can be relieved with endodontic therapy, which is commonly known as a root canal. Many people will avoid going to the dentist because they believe they might need a root canal due to fear and a misunderstanding of what is entailed in the procedure. A root canal sounds far scarier than it really is, and by educating yourself on what happens during a root canal, many will find themselves far more comfortable with the procedure than they ever dreamed possible.
Best Candidates for A Root Canal
The best candidates for a root canal are individuals with teeth that have pulp that is dead or severely damaged. Dr. Vette will inspect the gum tissue surrounding the tooth, check for signs of infection, and take x-rays of the tooth to determination if you could benefit from a root canal.
How Is Root Canal Done:
Dr. Vette will numb the tooth & area surrounding the tooth with a local anesthetic (typically Novocain). The crown is opened to expose the chamber of pulp to be excavated. Dr. Vette will then remove the pulp & clean the canals inside the tooth in order to remove any germs and bacteria, and then possibly reshape the canals. Most times this can be done in one appointment. if the tooth is extremely infected Dr. Vette will put in a temp. filling and schedule another appointment. Dr. Vette will then fill the internal structures of the tooth with a material, such as gutta-percha or another filler. A temporary filling will then be placed in the crown of the tooth. This will remain until the next stage.
So following an endodontic procedure, it may be necessary to have a restoration (such as a crown) placed on the tooth to restore it to full function and aesthetic appearance. After that, with proper care the restored tooth should last for many years.
Even though there are many benefits to a root canal, many people are afraid of the procedure, and avoid it due to these fears. These fears are probably based upon misconceptions about the treatment. One of the most common myths about a root canal is that there is a great deal of pain involved during the treatment, however this is not the case. Dr. Vette performing a root canal procedure will administer a local anesthetic to help minimize discomfort and medication to numb the surrounding area. The dentist may also prescribe pain medication for soreness that could result after the procedure, thus making the treatment no more painful than a typical cavity fill.
Benefits of A Root Canal
The main benefit of root canal is saving the infected tooth from having to be pulled. Teeth that are treated with root canal can even last the rest of the patient’s life. The benefits of a root canal are:
- Prevents the loss of the tooth.
- Eliminates the pain caused by the infection, tooth damage, or sensitivity.
- Prevents the spread of infection to surrounding teeth or gums.