Each year millions of patients undergo root canal therapy or some other endodontic treatment. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and the hard layer called dentin, is a soft layer of tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. This helps to grow the root of your tooth during development. A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
Endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth. Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. This can be caused by deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. Trauma to the tooth can cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection goes untreated it can cause pain or an abscess.
During a root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. Once that is completed the tooth gets filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta percha. After that procedure is complete the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection.
Root canal treatment is very similar to having a routine filling. It can usually be completed in one or two appointments depending on the condition of the tooth and personal circumstances. By saving the natural tooth with root canal treatments you will experience more efficient chewing, normal biting force and sensation, natural appearances, and protection from excessive wear and stain. Additionally, this endodontic treatment helps to maintain your natural smile.
Following the procedure it is common to experience tenderness in the area as it heals. The jaw may also be sore from keeping it open for an extended period of time. These symptoms are temporary and are usually well-remedied with over-the-counter pain medications. The tooth may feel slightly different than your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment has been finished. If you experience severe pain or pressure that lasts more than a few days contact your endodonist.
Are you in need of root canal therapy? Schedule a checkup appointment with Serenity Dental today!