What happens during a root canal?
A root canal will allow Parkcrest Dental Group professionals to go inside the tooth and remove the dead or damaged pulp and decay that may be affecting the tooth and the areas around it. Your dental provider will first administer a local anesthetic in order to ensure your comfort. The decayed pulp will be removed, accessing it through a small opening made in the top crown of the tooth’s enamel and dentin.
The canals will then be filled with an appropriate packing material, and medication may also be used to help ensure there is no remaining bacteria. A post may then be inserted inside the canals in order to give structure to the inside of the tooth and to support and strengthen any potential crown restoration that your doctor at Parkcrest Dental Group may recommend having placed.
Root canals can typically be completed within one or two visits, can save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted and with proper care, can help you maintain your natural tooth for healthy smiles for years to come!
Some warning signs that you may have a tooth with decay or injury to the pulp include: swelling or redness, pain upon biting and chewing, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, a darkening or discoloration to the actual tooth, and pain upon pressure. If you have experienced any of these on-going symptoms, contact your Parkcrest Dental Group for a consultation. With the treatment from an experienced dental care provider like Parkcrest Dental Group, root canal treatment can be an incredibly effective, long-term way to restore your teeth.
Sometimes teeth can become badly decayed, allowing infection to lodge inside the soft area of the tooth called the “pulp.” Once the pulp becomes infected it can become inflamed, causing pain and swelling. Bacteria left to remain inside the pulp can also begin to cause harm to the surrounding bone anchoring the tooth.
At Parkcrest Dental Group, we believe that keeping your natural teeth as long as possible is extremely important to good oral health. With the advancements in dental technology today, it is more likely than ever that even when a tooth becomes diseased or infected it can be saved with root canal therapy and allow you keep your natural teeth for many years to come!