When is root canal treatment needed?
A root canal, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental treatment that a dentist administers to a patient in order to repair a tooth that is severely infected or damaged, especially in the pulp or soft core of the tooth. The infected pulp is a result of a deep cavity, a cracked or broken tooth, or excessive trauma. At Arden Park Dental Care, Dr. Shahnaz Formoli is one of the most experienced professionals in root canals. She makes use of this treatment to examine, identify the cause of and effectively treat any damage that may have occurred to your dental pulp. Previously, a tooth with an injured or infected pulp had to almost always be removed to prevent any further damage. However, with advancements in the field of dental science, root canal treatment has been developed so dentists can save teeth without having to remove them.
1. Root canal cleaning
For the first step, Dr. Formoli will give you local anesthesia, and drill a tiny hole on the surface of your tooth to access the inside. This allows her to remove the pulp tissue using tiny files.
2. Root canal filling
Secondly, Dr. Formoli will decontaminate and shape the hollow area. Then, she will fill the hole with a rubber-like material, and tightly seal the canals using an oral adhesive. After the treatment, it is to be noted that that particular tooth is dead. You will not feel anything there anymore since the nerve tissues are removed.
3. Adding a filling or a crown
Since the pulp provides nourishment to the tooth, root canal treatment means that the tooth is much more fragile. The ligament attaching your tooth to the bone will have to nourish the tooth. Despite this nourishment, the tooth will become weak and fragile in time, so a filling or a crown must be added for protection.
What can I expect after treatment?