A root canal is a treatment that removes the infection from within the tooth or pulp. The pulp can become infected by oral bacteria because of a cavity, cracked tooth, or other trauma to the tooth. Once the pulp becomes infected, it must be treated, so it does not spread to the surrounding tissue. If the tooth is not treated, it can cause severe pain and swelling in the mouth. It can also cause an abscess in the area around the tooth. A spot can cause swelling and tenderness in the cheek and neck.
At Dental Health PC, during a root canal procedure, the pulp is removed from the tooth's interior, and the inside of the root is filled with a material called gutta-percha. Then the tooth is restored with a crown to protect the tooth from future damage. Although many people have apprehensions about having a root canal, most patients find the procedure relatively painless!
A local anesthetic is administered to the tooth being treated, numbing it and surrounding it. Our dentist then gently drills into the tooth to reach the pulp chamber and the infected nerves. They then clean out the infection and reshape the canal before sealing it to prevent further infections from forming. The final step usually involves placing a dental crown on top of the tooth to restore its function and appearance and prevent it from fracturing or cracking. This restoration will protect the tooth's structure and restore its appearance and ability to chew. It will also make it harder for bacteria to gather in the tooth in the future.
No! Modern dental procedures use local anesthetics, so you’ll experience little to no pain. Many people undergoing root canal treatment report that the process was no more uncomfortable than filling a cavity.
Many patients experience some soreness following the procedure, usually mild and manageable with over-the-counter medications. It’s normal for the treated tooth to feel sensitive for a few days after the appointment; this will go away on its own after a short time, though. It’s important to remember that it’s a good idea to maintain regular appointments with your general dentist to catch tooth decay as early as possible. If decay is left untreated for an extended period, it can cause severe damage to your tooth that may require a root canal procedure anyway. Take good care of your teeth and visit your dentist regularly to keep all of your teeth healthy for a lifetime!
A root canal offers an alternative way to protect your natural tooth. This treatment restores the strength and health of the tooth so that you can continue to enjoy good oral health for years to come! For the best dental care, visit Dental Health PC at 869 NW 23rd Street, Corvallis, OR 97330, or call (541) 757 1829.