Root Canal Therapy
When it comes to your oral health, it is incredibly important to do everything possible to save your natural teeth. When most people think of going to the dentist, they probably don’t think of getting a root canal. However, root canal therapy, also known as endodontic therapy, is actually quite common and can be a lifesaver for teeth that are damaged or infected. You might be wondering what a root canal is, so our team at Archbold Family Dental will inform you about what a root canal is and the process of getting one.
What is a Root Canal
A root canal is part of a tooth that includes the nerve tissue, blood vessels, and other cells, also known as the pulp. Infections can develop when bacteria enter the pulp, which is the soft tissue inside the tooth. Once the infection reaches the root, it can spread to the surrounding bone and cause serious damage.
Root Canal Process
The root canal process can take one to three sessions to complete but is done in three steps.
- A root canal is first cleaned by the dentist. A dentist uses very small files to remove the diseased and dead pulp tissue while the patient is under local anesthesia.
- A dentist then uses tiny files and irrigation solutions to clean, shape, and decontaminate the hollow area before filling it with a rubber-like material, using adhesive cement to completely seal the canals. Root canal therapy removes the nerve tissue and eliminates the infection, leaving the tooth dead and painless.
- However, the tooth will now be more fragile than it was before. The ligament that attaches the tooth to the bone is all it needs to receive nourishment. This supply is adequate, but over time, it becomes more brittle, so a crown or filling protects the tooth. After the crown or filling is complete, the patient can use the tooth as before. Once the crown or filling is complete, the patient can chew or bite on the tooth as usual.If there is curved or multiple canals, or if there is a large infection, this may require an additional visit. The treatment is usually completed in just one appointment.
Our team recommends the following steps to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and infections:
- Brushing teeth before bedtime and at least one other time each day
- Using toothpaste that contains fluoride
- Replacing your toothbrush regularly
- Attending regular dental checkups and cleanings
- Preventing the buildup of plaque by flossing frequently
- Avoiding sugary drinks and foods, and following a healthy diet
Dental sealants can also help prevent decay.
Experiencing tooth pain in the jaw can be scary. Luckily, root canal therapy can remove infection at its source so you can feel better quickly. If you suspect that you have an infected or abscessed tooth, contact our team right away. Prompt treatment can prevent infection from spreading and relieve your pain so you can feel better and continue with a healthy life.