Root canal therapy is one of the most commonly performed procedures in dental offices. At Ramona Dental Group, we strive to provide you with a calm and relaxing experience if a root canal is needed. We offer the latest technology and dental advancements to ensure that the inner pulp is removed successfully, and any pain felt before the procedure is gone.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
A root canal is a dental procedure done in order to save the tooth from severe infection. In the center of the tooth is an area called the pulp. The pulp houses the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth. When the pulp becomes severely infected and inflamed it causes severe pain, resulting in the need for a root canal. By removing the pulp, it removes the infection and inflammation, therefore resulting in the removal of pain. The procedure involves the full removal of the inner pulp of one or more teeth. This is often recommended for patients who are experiencing severe pain due to a myriad of issues revolving around one or more of their teeth. Having a root canal enables us to save a tooth from extraction by getting rid of the source of infection.
Why Would a Root Canal Be Needed?
A thorough examination is required before determining if a root canal is right for you. Along with an exam, we will more than likely take x-rays so that we’re able to get a view underneath the tooth to determine the extent of the decay present. Some of the most common reasons for needing a root canal include:
- Decay has reached the pulp of the tooth
- There is a large crack, fracture or break in the tooth that has exposed the inner pulp
- Trauma has occurred and exposed the pulp of the tooth
- There is infection present underneath the tooth
What happens during a root canal?
The root canal procedure is done effectively and efficiently in our office and involves drilling a small hole into the tooth’s pulp chamber with specialized tools. This is where the nerve of the tooth is housed, and the infection is. Our dentists at Ramona Dental Group will carefully remove the pulp that is infected, and then clean out the tooth’s canal to make sure all bacteria and decay have been completely removed. Next, the dentists will fill that hole, or canal, with resin material to seal the space and prevent any further bacteria from entering. Once the tooth has been cleaned and sealed a dental crown that has been specifically created for you based on impressions taken, will be placed on top of newly cleaned tooth. This crown will look and function as if it were your natural tooth allowing you to chew, talk, and bite normally. Anesthesia is used to make the procedure more comfortable for you when having it done.
It is important to see a dentist if you have localized tooth pain. Pain is an indication of infection and will not go away. If left untreated, the infection could spread to the neighboring teeth resulting in more damage, and severe excruciating pain.
If you are experiencing pain in your tooth and feel as if you are in need of a root canal, contact us immediately and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you further!