A root canal treatment at Kirby Dental is used to restore and save a tooth that has become seriously decayed or damaged and whose dental pulp has become infected. The infection is caused by bacteria that gained access to the tooth’s root through a deep decay or a crack. This can cause inflammation and pain, eventually spreading to the surrounding tissues and jawbone. If left untreated, an abscess can develop.
During a root canal procedure, a local anesthetic is first administered on the treatment site. Then, small holes are drilled on the tooth to gain access to the root canal. Our dentist will then remove the infected dental pulp using special files. The damaged area of the tooth is then cleaned and disinfected and then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. This procedure helps relieve pain caused by the infection and prevents the further spread of disease to other areas of the mouth. Lastly, the tooth is restored with a filling or crown for protection. This helps restore and strengthen the natural tooth structure damaged by the infection.
When Is a Root Canal Necessary?
A tooth that is severely decayed and its dental pulp has been infected would require root canal treatment to prevent tooth loss and preserve oral health. When a tooth is severely damaged, bacteria can seep into the inner chamber of the tooth and infect the roots and pulp beneath the gum line. This can lead to inflammation and infection as well as severe pain.
There are many different causes of tooth decay and damage, including cavities; teeth grinding; misaligned bite that can cause uneven wear and tear on the teeth; cracks in enamel due to trauma to the mouth from an accident or injury; and even issues related to periodontal diseases such as gingivitis or periodontitis. Each can lead to an infection inside the tooth that can spread into the root and cause extreme pain.
If a cavity goes untreated for too long, it can cause permanent damage and encourage the infection to spread deeper into the roots. This can result in the need for a root canal to save the tooth and prevent further decay and pain. It is essential to seek prompt dental care if you suspect you have a damaged tooth to prevent further damage and possible loss.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
Many people fear that the root canal will be extremely painful, but that is not the case. Though root canals have a reputation for being painful, most people report that they are no more painful than getting a cavity filled or having a crown placed. This is because our dentist will administer an anesthetic before the procedure begins to ensure that the area is completely numb before proceeding. You may feel some slight pressure during the process, but you won’t feel pain or discomfort for the most part. The dentist may even prescribe some pain medication after the procedure is complete to help with any residual pain you may experience.
Get in touch with Kirby Dentistry at 45 W Crossville Rd Suite 505, Roswell 30075, or call (770) 993-7424 to determine if a root canal is right for you.