A root canal is a procedure designed to save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. The treatment involves removing the tooth pulp, cleaning the canals, and sealing them in order to prevent infection from reoccurring. In most cases, the tooth will require a crown restoration to improve its appearance and stability.
When Is a Root Canal Needed?
A root canal is needed when the pulp of the tooth becomes infected or damaged. This can occur due to decay or an injury to the tooth, such as a fracture in the crown. If the infection is not treated in a timely manner, the tooth can become painful and sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. It may also become discolored as the nerves are damaged during the process. An untreated infection can lead to further complications such as abscesses and bone loss. In some cases, the infection can spread to other parts of the body resulting in serious health problems.
The Steps for a Root Canal Procedure
A root canal is a treatment used to save a tooth that has become damaged because of decay or trauma. It involves removing the damaged portion of the tooth, cleaning it, and then filling it with a rubber-like substance called gutta-percha to protect it from future damage. The tooth is then sealed with a crown to return it to a normal appearance and enhance its function.
The process begins with you coming in for your appointment. X-rays are taken to determine the extent of damage to the tooth and to determine if all of the infection can be cleaned out. Local anesthetic is applied to numb the area and prevent pain during the procedure.
Once you are ready, our dentist will open up the tooth and remove any decayed or damaged portions. They will then shape the inside of the tooth to make room for the filling and will fill it with a sealer. The tooth will then be closed with a temporary restoration until your permanent one is ready to be placed. Our dentist will check to make sure everything fits properly before bonding the permanent crown in place.
You can think of a root canal procedure as getting a cavity filled, except that your tooth’s nerve is also removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned thoroughly. The procedure may take one or two visits to the dentist’s office to complete. After the procedure, it is important to take care of your oral health by brushing and flossing regularly, as well as visiting the dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning.
If you are experiencing severe tooth pain or think you may need a root canal, visit Town Center Dental at 301 E Cook St, Ste F, Santa Maria, CA 93454, or call (805) 925-2652.