Endodontics deals with the nerves of the
teeth. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the
root of the tooth. If left untreated an
infection can turn into an abscess that can lead to bone loss in the jaw. The
root canal procedure keeps the tooth intact while removing the pain.
The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic. The dentist will
then create a small opening into the canal, enabling the infected tissue to be
removed and the canal cleaned. The space is then filled with a special sealant.
It is highly recommended that a tooth
that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve
the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the
root canal is successful.
The term "Root canal" used to be a scary term for patients to hear, but
with the benefits and advances in dental technology, root canals are a
relatively routine procedure. Local anesthetics and proper pain medication relieve
most, if not all, pain. There can be some soreness afterward, which is normal
for most dental procedures. Over-the-counter painkillers normally suffice, though
your dentist may prescribe medication. You’re then free to enjoy all the foods
you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard.
If you are experiencing any pain at all, call or contact us today.