Every tooth has one to four tiny passageways that connect the top of the tooth to the tip of the root downward. In the lowest portion of the root lies the pulp, where most infections breed. In worst-case scenarios, it travels to the roots, giving rise to many dental health problems. Pain and sensitivity in teeth are the most common signs of a damaged inner tooth. Besides that, if the infection has spread out of control, it can develop into pus. This further causes abscess if not treated on time.
The easiest solution to this oral problem is root canal therapy. Using this treatment, the dentists successfully remove the damaged tissue and stop the further spread of infection. Back in time, the only valid option of curing a damaged inner tooth was tooth extraction. But thanks to root canal therapy! Now you can get rid of the problem while keeping your tooth intact.
Do you want to know more about root canal therapy? Then, keep reading to find out!
The Procedure of Root Canal Therapy
The steps of performing a root canal therapy are:
- The dentist will apply a numbing lotion to the areas surrounding the damaged tooth.
- Once the numbing effect has started, they inject a local anesthetic to help you with a painless treatment.
- Now they will make a tiny opening on the top portion of the tooth to expose the infected pulp.
- The dentist will use files to remove the pulp.
- They will also clean the root canals of the tooth.
- Now the tooth will be covered with a topical antibiotic to prevent further infection.
- Once done, the dentist will use sealer and gutta-percha to fill and seal the tooth.
- Then they will prescribe you oral antibiotics for quicker healing.
- Lastly, the dentist will fill and seal the top of the tooth to prevent the canals from getting infected by the germs trespassing through saliva.
What to Expect After the Treatment?
Once the root canal treatment is over, you can expect it to last for a good number of years. Make sure you take proper care of your oral hygiene. Otherwise, you will once again get infected and might need to go for the procedure again for some other tooth. Regular brushing and flossing are the two most important ways of keeping up good oral hygiene.
Visit us today to find out if you need a root canal procedure. Book your appointment today with Dr. Jeanne V. Devi, DDS. Call us at (626) 795-2544 or visit our website for more details. We are located at 595 E Colorado Blvd Suite 603, Pasadena, CA 91101.