If your tooth pulp becomes severely infected or inflamed due to injury or decay, the only way to stop the infection from spreading and save the tooth is by removing this tissue.
The pulp is primarily used to promote tooth development during childhood, and plays no role in adult teeth. The root canal procedure can provide relief from a toothache because the inflamed tissue contains a lot of nerves. Root canal treatment is performed after numbing, and causes no more discomfort than a filling would. The treatment takes between 45 and 90 minutes after all preparations have been made.
What to Expect
The root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, treats the inside of a tooth whose pulp has become infected or inflamed by removing the pulp and replacing it with filling material. Infection of inflammation of the pulp can be caused by deep decay, a cracked or chipped tooth, faulty crown, or repeated dental procedures on the tooth. Trauma can also result in pulp damage even if there’s no visible damage to the tooth.
During root canal therapy, the infected or inflamed pulp is removed before the inside of the tooth can be cleaned and disinfected. It is then filled and sealed with gutta-percha – a rubber-like material, and the restoration completed with a filling or crown for protection.
Advantages of root canal therapy
If an inflamed or infected pulp is left untreated, it can cause a lot of pain and possibly result in an abscess. But after restoration through root canal treatment, the tooth can continue to function like any of your other teeth, with the same oral hygiene requirements.
Endodontic treatment allows you to save a severely damaged or infected tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted. Saving the tooth has many advantages, including:
- Maintaining your natural appearance and smile
- Normal biting force and sensation
- Prevents drifting of adjacent teeth into gaps that could cause misaligned bite from missing teeth
- Prevents loss of jawbone volume and density from missing teeth
- Efficient chewing
- Protects other teeth from excessive strain or wear
- You continue to eat the foods you like
- Limits the need for ongoing dental work
- Lifetime longevity
Root canal therapy can provide relief from a severe toothache. To find out whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure, please schedule an appointment to discuss your case with the top root canal specialist in Lemoore, CA.