The inner portion of your teeth contains sensitive blood vessels, nerves, and other soft tissues that are susceptible to infection. If a bacterial infection reaches this area, the infection can quickly spread throughout the inner chamber. Root canal therapy allows one of our doctors to safely remove infected soft tissue before sealing your tooth to prevent the return of the infection. Once the restorative treatment is complete, you can enjoy restored oral health and the prevention of tooth extraction.
Do I need root canal treatment?
An average of 15 million root canal treatments are performed each year, making root canal therapy a commonly performed treatment in this country. While many people think of root canal treatments as painful, the use of local anesthesia ensures that patients do not experience significant levels of discomfort throughout the treatment.
Candidates for a root canal have a root canal infection. The root canals are small tubes within the tooth roots that connect the crown of your tooth to the bone beneath. Over time, advanced tooth decay can allow bacteria to reach the inner portion of your tooth. Once the microbes reach the inner bundle of soft tissue, infection can spread quickly.
Root canal infection is considered a dental emergency that must be addressed immediately. Left untreated, an infection deep within the tooth can spread to the jaw and bloodstream. The most common symptom of a root canal infection is the sudden onset of pain. Patients may also experience:
- Discoloration of the infected tooth
- Heightened dental sensitivity
- Swollen gums
- Radiating pain that reaches the face and neck
One of our doctors can examine your tooth to determine if you require tooth canal therapy. Our office offers advanced digital x-rays that can diagnose the presence of a root canal infection.
Once the presence of a root canal infection is found, your treatment will be performed soon after. Your tooth will be completely numbed using local anesthesia. Once you are comfortable, a small hole will be drilled on the surface of your tooth. This temporary opening allows one of our doctors to access the infected tissue within your tooth. The infected tissue will be removed using a special tool that can reach deep into the tooth roots.
Once your tooth has been cleaned and sanitized, a special material will be used to fill the inside of your tooth. An inlay, onlay, or dental crown can be used to restore strength and structure to your tooth. In some cases, you may need to be fitted with a temporary restoration while your permanent restoration is manufactured. Our office offers digital impressions.
Any discomfort following your procedure can be managed with over-the-counter medications. If you experience the sudden onset of pain in the days following your treatment, please let our office know immediately.
Schedule Your Root Canal Treatment Today
The best way to prevent root canal infections is to stay ahead of tooth decay and gum disease by maintaining good oral hygiene habits and visiting our office for regular cleanings and exams. To learn more about root canal treatments, contact us online or call (530) 823-8771 today to schedule your consultation.