Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is provided when the inner portion of a patient’s tooth has experienced damage caused by infection or decay. Often, it is the only way to save a severely damaged tooth from extraction. The treatment consists of accessing the inner area of a tooth, removing any harmful living material that is present and replacing it with a medicated filling. This process allows a tooth to retain its original structure while having its function and appearance restored.
A root canal infection happens when the inner pulp of a tooth becomes damaged due to infection or decay. This type of infection also occurs when the inside of a tooth develops a bacterial infection. Root canal infections have many symptoms, such as:
- Intense toothache
- Temperature sensitivities
- Inflamed and tender gums
- Abscess on the gums
When conducting root canal treatment, the first step is to treat the tooth and the area surrounding it with a local anesthetic so that the patient is less likely to experience pain during the procedure. After the tooth has been numbed, a rubber sheet is placed around the tooth in order to prevent the infection from spreading to other areas of the mouth. This rubber sheet also helps to ensure that the tooth remains dry throughout the procedure. Once the area has been prepped, special dental tools are used to access the inner pulp of the tooth and remove any infected pulp, damaged nerve tissue and visible decay that is present.
Upon the completion of this process, the patient’s tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and properly sealed using a dental filling. A temporary crown will be applied over its surface as a way of preventing fractures. The patient will need to make a follow-up visit so that a permanent restoration can be applied.
If you would like to learn more about root canal treatment, please call us at (817) 918-2040 to schedule an appointment.