Numerous problems can require a root canal as the solution, such as a major cavity in that tooth or an injury that caused damage to the root. It could also be the solution to a crack in the tooth or ongoing dental work to that same tooth. Root canals are often used to save teeth and avoid extractions. Our dentist needs to perform this treatment if there is a risk of advanced decay requiring removal, or something that is causing problems with the pulp of the tooth. Damage to the interior of the tooth is not always visible, so our team uses X-rays to monitor the interior health of the teeth.
First, your dentist numbs the area surrounding the tooth to minimize any pain and discomfort that may be experienced during the procedure. Then, she creates an opening in the tooth to reach the pulpy interior. She uses specialty tools to remove unhealthy pulp and to clean out the infected area. She shapes the canal to prepare it for filling and then fills the area with a material that prevents any infection from returning. She finishes it with a permanent filling or a crown that covers the tooth to protect it from further damage.
Once your tooth has been fully restored, all that is required to care for it is good oral hygiene, including twice daily brushings, daily flossing and regular checkups and cleanings. It is also important to avoid chewing on hard foods, such as ice, that can cause teeth to crack and break.