It’s no secret that decay happens. Whether you have a higher predisposition or you just haven’t been brushing as much as you need to, it can really wreak havoc on your teeth. However, your tooth can also get damaged due to trauma from a bad accident or sports injury. In both circumstances, you may need a root canal to save your tooth.
With Dr. Todd Balington and his team by your side, you have nothing to fear. Contact his office today to get your treatment or examination scheduled. It could mean the difference between you saving your tooth and needing an implant or bridge.
Root canal therapy is a restorative procedure designed to shape and clean the interior areas of teeth known as the pulp. It’s one of the most common dental treatments and is performed by both dentists and endodontists alike. Many people believe the misconception that root canals are inherently painful, but in reality the opposite is true. Root canals are designed to remove the pain caused by infections in teeth.
As dental plaque sits on teeth, it breaks down the many layers of enamel and dentin. During these stages, you may not notice that your teeth are in danger, but you may notice increased sensitivity. However, sensitivity could also be caused by receding gums that expose more of the tooth’s root. The best way to confirm if you need a root canal is to visit our office for a thorough examination. However, the most common symptoms of an infected inner tooth include:
After examining your tooth and taking necessary X-rays, Dr. Balington will numb the area around the tooth to prevent as much discomfort as possible. A rubber dam will also be placed to keep the area isolated during treatment. In order to reach the inner tooth, a small hole is created through the top of the crown. Using specialized dental tools, he can remove infected tissue and pulp as well as shape the inner tooth. This shaping is meant to create room for the replacement material, known as gutta percha.
Gutta percha is a rubber-like material designed to seal the tooth and reduce the risk of future infections later. Once filled, you’ll either have a filling placed to seal the crown the same day or have a temporary crown placed while a permanent crown is fabricated at a later date. Once you’ve received all permanent restorations, your tooth will be restored and ready for daily use once again!
Aftercare for root canals should only last a few days to a week. During this time, you should get plenty of rest, stick to a soft diet and practice your regular at-home oral hygiene. If you notice pain several days after treatment, contact our office as soon as possible for retreatment.