Root Canal ProcedureDuring the procedure, your dentist will drill into the tooth and remove the pulp as well as the nerve.
The canals are cleaned and disinfected to kill any bacteria that may be lurking within and then they are filled in. Finally, a crown is placed over the top of the tooth to increase its strength and restore its function.
Pain is the most common reason for a root canal. Pain is a rather generic symptom, however. What makes a root canal necessary is the type of pain. It can range in intensity throughout the day or get worse only when you bite down. You may also experience sensitivity to heat and cold.
Usually when you remove the offender - stop chewing, or swallow the hot/cold food - the pain stops. In some instances, however, the pain lingers. This is a sign that the nerve is dead or dying and the only way to ease the pain is to remove it.
Dental AbscessA dental abscess forms from an infection that is either in the root of the tooth or just outside of it. The abscess itself is a pus-filled sac that contains infection causing bacteria. Abscesses are dangerous, even lethal, as they can spread the bacteria throughout your body. Antibiotics can kill the infection, but they are not enough. Abscesses need to be drained, the root of the tooth removed and the inside cleaned to take care of lingering bacteria that might still be hiding inside of the spaces.
Deep CavitiesIf tooth decay has caused a deep cavity in your tooth, one that extended past the enamel and into the pulp, a root canal will be needed. The pulp has become infested with bacteria, which then lead to an infection. The only way to completely clear out the infection is with a root canal. The same reasoning applies if you have a break or a crack that extends into the pulp of the tooth.
If you think that you might be in need of a root canal, contact our office right away to schedule an appointment.