Root Canals Save Teeth for Better Health
Root canal therapy is absolutely necessary to save massively infected teeth. Regular dental examinations can prevent infections of the root canal and keep you from ever needing this procedure. If you have been away from the dentist, however, and your tooth has decayed and become infected by colonizing microorganisms, root canal therapy is the only step between your tooth and its removal.
Symptoms of an infected tooth may or may not be present, but they include:
- swelling of the cheek or gums;
- abscess of the gums;
- tooth sensitivity to hot or cold liquids.
Every tooth is filled with tissue, or pulp, that extends into the root or roots. Unfortunately, the immune system cannot reach the pulp, which makes it easier for microbes to colonize your tooth. If the tissue is still living, root canal therapy may be completed in one visit to the offices of Dr. Brian Steele and his associates. If the tissue is already dead or dying, at least two visits will be needed to destroy infecting microbes.
The Root Canal Procedure
First, the pulp and microbial colonies are removed with instruments and medicated irrigation of the root canal. Using anti-bacterial agents to destroy the microbial colonies is very important and leads to a higher percentage of successful root canal procedures. Then the main root canal is enlarged to destroy microbes that have invaded the smaller branches and tubules inside your tooth. If your tooth is very infected, additional antibiotic medication is placed in the root canal and a temporary cap is attached to your tooth.
Finalizing root canal therapy requires filling the space where the pulp once lived with dental material. This preserves the strength of the root. Afterwards, a crown is placed on the tooth so you can use it to chew. The best crowns we offer are made with lithium disilicate, a superior porcelain material. (For more information on crowns, see that section of our Procedures pages.)
Making Root Canals Easy
I was surprised that the pain went away right after my procedure. I had two previous root canals when I was 15 years old. I was a little nervous but the nitrous oxide helped with that. The procedure was very professionally done. It’s been about 3 days since the procedure and it seems as if everything went fine. The doctors try to make the patient as comfortable as possible. I recommend this place to anyone. (Way better than past dental offices I’ve been to). Thanks guys for making it a priority to take care of my tooth! The pain was 8/10 before the root canal and is now gone completely.” — Patient Ronald Anastasia
With anesthetics and sedation therapy, a root canal treatment can be completed with little stress for the patient. Antibiotic therapy may be required, based on the level of infection in the jaw. In a short time, any swelling or pain will diminish as the immune system heals the tissues surrounding the tooth. Regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene will prevent the need for root canal therapy in the future.