Contrary to the reputation Root Canals have in media they aren’t actually the cause of excruciating pain. In fact, they’re an effective way of solving conditions that can be causing significant amounts of conditions in patients. Root canals are able to save teeth that otherwise would have to be extracted due to advanced decay or damaged pulp, relieving pain and preserving the oral health of your remaining teeth. Romans & Soltani Dentistry performs root canals for its patients in the Camillus, NY area and is always welcoming new patients.
Why Would I Need A Root Canal?
The most common reason that a dentist will recommend a root canal is to help eliminate infection that has formed deep inside a patients tooth. The pulp within the tooth plays host to bacteria as the result of poor dental hygiene or as the result of trauma. This infection can advance far enough without treatment that your dentist will have to extract the tooth if something isn’t done. Root canals are one method of treating these infections that can help you keep your natural teeth.
What’s Involved In Having A Root Canal Performed?
The process of receiving a root canal can easily be described as consisting of four parts, which are generally split over two separate office visits. Below are the steps involved in a normal root canal procedure:
The first step of the procedure is the delivery of anesthesia to the tooth and gums being treated. A small pinch is usually experienced as the needle is being inserted, followed by the sensation of the tooth going numb. A small piece of plastic known as a dental dam is sometimes put in place to keep the tooth clean and dry throughout the procedure.
Tools will be brought in to remove the decay from the tooth and open access to the inside, typically through the top of the tooth. A small file is used to help smooth out the area and ensure that all the infection has been eliminated and prepare the inner chamber for the filling and sealant. This process is generally finished with a spray of water to remove the pulp and remaining debris, followed by a solution that is antimicrobial in nature.
Following the cleaning and drying of the chamber your dentist will fill the interior with gutta percha before closing it with a temporary filling until the final crown is created.
A few weeks later, when the permanent crown is delivered, it will be secured in place by your dentist. This stage sometimes requires the insertion of a small post inside the tooth to help support the crown.
What Happens Following My Root Canal?
After the root canal procedure you will need to continue performing your normal dental hygiene routine. Brushing twice a day, flossing, and mouthwash will help retain your dental health and protect the restored tooth. During your next visit to our offices you’ll receive an x-ray to check on the health of the tooth and to be certain that there hasn’t been a recurrence of any infection. A successful root canal can remain healthy for the rest of your life with just regular oral care.
If you’re wondering if a root canal will help ease some of your dental concerns, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Romans or Dr. Soltani today. This appointment will begin with a standard exam and the formation of a dental plan on the way to your potential root canal. A standard cleaning is traditional prior to this treatment, as well as imaging in the form of x-rays. Once your condition has been determined you’ll be scheduled for the root canal and ready to start on your road to great oral health with this treatment.