Sometimes the nerve of a tooth becomes infected, and in order to save the tooth, the nerve must be pulled out. While this procedure sounds horrifying, it actually saves the tooth from needing to be removed. Keeping the tooth also prevents other teeth from drifting out and causing jaw problems. The good news is the treatment is easier to endure than ever before due to today’s advanced root canal technology.
In receiving a root canal, you will be in the careful hands of our experienced dentist. We will walk you through each and every step of the process, keep you informed along the way, and ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure.
To Save the Tooth
Inside your tooth, under the enamel and another hard layer called the dentin, there’s a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue which help nourish the tooth through development. If this tissue becomes infected, the nourishment may be cut off and the tooth may die. Without a root canal, the patient may experience severe swelling, bone loss, inflammation, toothache, darkening of the tooth, gum soreness, and drainage problems. Typically, a root canal is recommended as a last ditch effort to save the tooth, after other treatments have been ruled out or exhausted. Common cases involving a root canal are cavities which are too big to be fixed with a filling or a crown, or tooth infections which have become too serious to contain.
Root Canal Procedure
Our state-of-the-art process to save the tooth works as follows:
- We first administer an anesthetic to numb the treatment area.
- We isolate the treatment area by placing a rubber dam over the tooth.
- We drill a small hole in the wall of the tooth.
- Using root canal files, we extract the pulp and nerve.
- The canals are then thoroughly cleaned, sterilized with a solution, and finally sealed off. This completes the first visit.
- During the next visit, the empty root canal is filled with a rubber compound called gutta percha.
- In order to protect the enamel, we add an onlay or inlay to the tooth and finally a dental crown.
If you are looking for a professional and quality service while ensuring your comfort, please contact us at 408.227.1404 or email us to book a consultation with Dr. Sraon.