A root canal treatment is used to repair a decayed tooth. Typically, such a tooth is infected by the time this procedure is performed. The treatment can actually save a tooth that would otherwise be lost.
The procedure is often referred to as a “root canal.” However, that is actually the term for an area in the root.
During this procedure, the dentist removes the pulp and the nerve. The interior of the tooth is cleaned out, and it is then sealed. Without this treatment, the tissue around the tooth becomes infected. Painful abscesses can also manifest.
Throbbing when you bite down or chew
Sensitivity to foods that are hot or cold
Injury that results in an abscess in the bone tissue
Severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess (infection) in the bone.
The natural cavity in the middle of a tooth is called the root canal. Inside that cavity is a soft area known as the pulp chamber. Within the root canal is also the nerve. Sometimes, the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected. If the problem is not treated, it can lead to a very serious infection.
If the pulp is not eradicated from the root canal, the potential for abscess is great. When you have an abscessed tooth, the swelling can spread. It may even extend to other parts of your face. Your neck and head can become swollen, too.
This kind of infection can cause bone loss at the tip of the root. Additionally, a hole may form in the side of the tooth. If that happens, infectious fluid can start draining into the gums and cheek.
Dentists refer to the root canal procedure as a pulpectomy. The purpose of this treatment is to cure the infected root canal. Many years ago, a tooth with a damaged core was typically extracted.
Today, a pulpectomy can be used to disinfect the tooth. The dentist then fills the interior of the tooth. This prevents further pain, and it minimizes the occurrence of additional damage.
First, the tooth is anesthetized, so you will not need to worry about pain. Then, your dentist creates a hole in the pulp. Our dentist relies on tiny precision instruments to extract the pulp.
As the pulp is being extracted from the tooth, the tooth canal is disinfected. After it is disinfected, the tooth is filled with a material that prevents more infection.
At Innovative Dental and Orthodontics, we are trained to implement the endodontic treatment known as a “root canal.”
Don’t wait for a toothache to become a major infection. A decaying tooth must be treated by your dentist as soon as possible. Contact us to book an appointment for your root canal.
Dr. Amit Kamat is a prosthodontist, which means he has specialized training. One percent of dentists has undergone this kind of training. Dr. Kamat has had three years of advanced education in:
Dr. Amit Kamat, Prosthodontist, and Dr. Sejal Kamat, Orthodontist, work as a unique team of dental specialists. They are highly qualified to devise and implement the best treatment plan for you.
At Innovative Dental and Orthodontics we are trained to perform endodontic treatment.
Contact us today to set up an appointment for a root canal treatment.