Sacramento Root Canals
Endodontics is a dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry and the most common procedure relating to the field of endodontics.
When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. Infected nerves must be removed via a "root canal." If left untreated, an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that can include bone loss in the jaw.
The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic. The dentist will then drill down into the tooth to create an opening into the canal. They will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space is filled with a 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 procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard.
Technological advances in dental tools are light-years from where they were just a decade ago. Today's patients will not experience pain except for minor aches that could be handled with Advil or Motrin. Minor soreness is normal for most dental procedures.
Preparing for your Root Canal Treatment
With root canal treatments, we understand that a patient's main concern is pain. "Root canal" has become a downright frightening term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made the treatment much less "scary" and nearly painless to undergo.
We take several steps to minimize pain after a root canal. Some patients who really hate the idea of getting a teeth removed choose to undergo conscious sedation for the duration of their treatment. Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is completely normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe medication.
Root Canal Treatment
Every tooth consists of three different layers. The outermost and hardest layer is enamel, and the second layer is dentin. The third is pulp, which is the cavernous space where the live tissue and nerve of each tooth is located.
If for any reason the pulp space is exposed to the outside, the tissue becomes contaminated and eventually infection takes root there–no pun intended! The exposure of pulp happens in many circumstances, such as when you have a large cavity or a fractured tooth. Your dentist can explain the exact reason for damage to this tissue. In these cases, the treatment is usually root canal treatment.
Root canal treatment is the process of going inside the pulp space and removing the infected, dead tissue. The space is then disinfected and sealed with special materials. Nowadays, root canal treatments are performed with advanced techniques and materials, making them far more comfortable and faster. After root canal treatment is complete, your restorative dentist will usually place a crown on your tooth to safeguard against fracture.
Our dentists can provide you with a no-cost evaluation and a long-term dental care plan, tailored to your individual needs and goals. Click here to set up an appointment with our Sacramento office.