What is a Root Canal?
Root canals are restorative dental procedures in order to treat a tooth's pulp when it has become infected, relieving pain and preventing the spread of infection.
Damaged or infected pulp will often be painful, cause swelling and create a sensation of heat in the surrounding gums.
The Benefits of a Root Canal
Severe toothaches and other symptoms of serious infection can make eating or speaking a painful ordeal and lead to abscesses. Root canals can serve as an alternative to extraction or other more invasive procedures to treat infections of the tooth pulp.
Your tooth may return to its normal painless function within quite a short time of the root canal.
If you are experiencing symptoms that could be caused by an infected tooth, contact our team at Marine Dental Clinic today.
The Root Canal Procedure
Root canals are generally conducted over the course of two appointments.
The dentist will create a tiny access hole in the top part of the tooth. Different files will be used to find the canals and sterilize the dead (necrotic) pulp tissue to rid the tooth of infection.
A temporary filling is used to seal the top part of the tooth. Based on the extent of the infection, your dentist may provide you with antibiotics.
During your second appointment, the small access hole will be opened and your dentist will file and sterilize the tooth once more. The canals will be filled with special filling material to replace the nerve in your tooth.
A permanent filling will then be used to fill the access hole and seal your tooth, making it appear uniformly natural going forward.