Many people hear the words "root canal’" and automatically become fearful. However, there are some common misconceptions about this treatment that overshadow its many benefits. Root canal treatment is a procedure that can be done painlessly, saves the tooth, and provides relief from pain.
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
Deep within the tooth is the pulp, a soft tissue containing the nerve and blood vessels that supply the tooth. When there is deep decay, repeated traumatic injury, or a crack in the tooth, the pulp becomes irreversibly damaged. Bacteria and toxins make their way down the root, creating an infection.
At this point, the only remedy for treating the tooth is root canal treatment. If the procedure is not performed, the infection spreads, producing a painful abscess. The abscess is often accompanied by swelling that can cause serious complications and become life-threatening.
Also, the longer the tooth is left untreated, the more damage that is caused to the tooth. Prolonging treatment can weaken the tooth to the point where there is not enough structure left to save. In this case, extraction would be necessary. Removing a tooth creates a domino effect, resulting in drifting of the surrounding teeth into the space and creating chewing issues.
Root Canal Treatment Process
The process of root canal treatment begins with anesthetizing the patient with local anesthesia. A numbing gel is placed first to prepare the area to be treated before providing local anesthesia. Relief is usually instant. Dr. Oza and the staff at Prestige Dentistry aim to make sure you are comfortable, always checking in throughout the procedure to ensure you are relaxed.
Once anesthesia is achieved, a small hole is made from the top of the tooth to gain access to the nerve. All decay is also removed at this time. Small instruments are used to eliminate the infected nerve tissue, bacteria, and toxins. The root canal space is then shaped and disinfected.
Next, the space is filled with a sterile material and the canal is sealed. This helps prevent new bacteria from re-entering the root canal space. A temporary or permanent restoration is placed where the decay was removed on the top of the tooth.
Finally, you should be aware that the tooth typically requires a crown, or cap, as the last step. The crown reestablishes structure and provides extra strength where decay had weakened the tooth.
Please Contact Us for An Appointment
At Prestige Dentistry, we understand that root canal treatment can seem intimidating. Rest assured that Dr. Oza and her staff do everything to help you remain comfortable from start to finish. Similar to other procedures done at our office in Prairieville, once we have numbed your tooth, you should not feel anything.
If you have a tooth that you think needs a root canal treatment, give our office a call today. We are here to get you out of pain and on with enjoying life.