Understanding Root Canal Therapy
When deep cavities or bacterial infection reach the pulp of a tooth, it can cause irritation, discomfort, and severe pain. Without treatment, an abscess may form at the root, leading to bone loss and swelling in the face and neck. Root canal therapy involves removing the infected pulp, thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth and its roots, and relieving any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing.
Symptoms of Root Canal Problems
If you're experiencing extreme tooth pain, prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, swollen and tender gums, tooth discoloration, or recurring pimples with pus near the gum area, you may require root canal treatment. During a consultation, our caring dentists in Lake Worth will conduct tests to determine the necessity of root canal therapy.
Importance of Root Canal Treatment
When a tooth is deemed salvageable, root canal treatment is necessary to save it and prevent the need for extraction. The primary goal of this therapy is to relieve pain, sensitivity, and abscess formation at the tooth's root. It's crucial to clean all affected structures caused by the initial cavity to ensure the tooth's long-term health and stability. However, this process often requires the removal of a significant portion of the natural tooth structure, leaving it weakened.
After the root canal treatment, the tooth must be protected and its integrity maintained. Depending on the situation, your Lake Worth dentist may recommend a resin bonding or a crown. Front teeth may only require a resin bonding, while back teeth usually necessitate a crown to prevent fracturing. Our dental team will provide detailed information about the appropriate restoration for your unique situation.
The Root Canal Treatment Procedure
During the procedure, our dentists at Prestige Dental Care will start by examining the tooth and taking x-rays. Local anesthesia will be administered to ensure your comfort. A dental dam, a protective sheet, will be placed to isolate the tooth and maintain a clean and saliva-free environment.
Next, a small access hole will be made in the tooth's crown to reach the pulp chamber. The infected pulp tissue will be removed, and the root canals will be thoroughly cleaned and shaped using small files. They will then be filled with a rubber-like material called Gutta Percha, which is coated with an adhesive cement for complete sealing.
Depending on your dentist's assessment, the access opening may be sealed immediately with a permanent filling or temporarily to allow for complete healing. If a temporary filling is placed, it will be removed before restoring the tooth with a permanent restoration. In most cases, a crown is recommended to protect the tooth from fracturing and ensure long-term stability.
The Importance of Crown Placement
It is generally advised to fully protect the tooth with a crown following root canal therapy. The absence of pulp tissue, along with the previously damaged dentin and enamel, makes the tooth more susceptible to breakage while eating. A crown provides necessary protection against external forces and re-infection. Feel free to discuss any concerns with your trustworthy Lake Worth dentist.
Schedule a Root Canal Therapy Consultation
If you suspect you may require root canal treatment, our caring dentists are here to help. Call Prestige Dental Care at (561) 965-3933 or click below to schedule a consultation. Our experienced team will provide comprehensive care and guide you through the root canal therapy process for optimal oral health and comfort.