Not all damage to a tooth is easy to see, even a crack so small it is almost microscopic can still allow harmful bacteria to reach the center of your tooth creating pain, swelling, and other oral health problems. If you have noticed any of those symptoms or sensitivity in a tooth, call 302-235-7645 for an appointment for root canal therapy in Hockessin, Delaware, with our dentist. Dr. Kaz and our team will remove the infection and save your hurt tooth and smile.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure aimed at treating infection or damage within the pulp of a tooth. The pulp is the innermost layer of the tooth, consisting of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. When this area becomes infected or inflamed due to deep decay, cracks, trauma or repeated dental procedures, it can lead to severe pain and potentially serious complications if left untreated.
When is Root Canal Therapy Needed?
Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected or inflamed. This can occur due to various reasons, including untreated tooth decay, deep cavities, cracked or fractured teeth or trauma to the tooth. Common symptoms indicating the need for root canal therapy include severe tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, swelling or tenderness in the gums and discoloration of the affected tooth. If these symptoms are ignored, the infection can spread, leading to abscess formation, bone loss and even systemic health issues.
The Root Canal Treatment Process
The root canal treatment process typically involves several steps:
- Diagnosis: Our dentist will begin by examining the tooth and taking X-rays to determine the extent of the infection and assess the anatomy of the root canals.
- Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area around the affected tooth, ensuring the patient’s comfort throughout the procedure.
- Access Opening: Our dentist will then create a small opening in the crown of the tooth to access the infected pulp chamber and root canals.
- Cleaning and Shaping: Special instruments are used to remove the infected or damaged pulp tissue from the pulp chamber and root canals. The canals are then shaped and cleaned to remove any debris and bacteria.
- Disinfection: The canals are irrigated with antimicrobial solutions to eliminate any remaining bacteria and reduce the risk of reinfection.
- Filling and Sealing: Once the canals are thoroughly cleaned and shaped, they are filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha to seal them off and prevent further infection.
- Restoration: Finally, a filling or crown is placed over the tooth to restore its strength, functionality and appearance.
Schedule Your Appointment
For more information about root canal therapy or to set up a consultation with our experienced dentist, please contact our office today and speak with a member of our team.