Dental Health and Root Canals
In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you would lose that tooth to decay or an extraction.
Today, with a root canal treatment, your tooth can be saved. Root canals are a relatively simple procedure involving one to two office visits. Best of all, having a root canal when necessary can save your tooth and your smile!
What is the purpose of a root canal?
A tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory – to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.
When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs will cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling is the consequence. Without the proper treatment, your tooth will have to be removed.
How do I know if I need a Root Canal?
Teeth that require root canal therapy are not always painful. However, signs that you may need a root canal include severe toothache, pain upon chewing or application of pressure, prolonged sensitivity or pain in response to hot and cold temperatures, a dark discoloration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor.
What happens during a root canal procedure?
Root canal treatment involves one to two visits. During treatment, Dr. Zin will remove the affected tissue. Next, the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed.
Lastly, the tooth is filled with a dental composite. If your tooth had extensive decay, doctor may suggest placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from future breakage. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.