A root canal treatment is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for more invasive replacement procedures.
At the center of your tooth, there is soft tissue known as "pulp" which is a collection of blood vessels and nerves that provides sensation and nutrients to the tooth structure. If pulp tissue is damaged by traumatic injury, deep decay, cracks, chips, or repeated dental procedures, it can become inflamed and/or infected. Symptoms of an infection can be identified as swelling of the gingiva, swelling of face, sudden sensitivity to temperature or spontaneous pain.
If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist may recommend endodontic (root canal) treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned, disinfected, and sealed.
This therapy involves an effective dose of local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in more than 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the prognosis is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment.
After completion of your endodontic (root canal) therapy, you may be instructed to return to your dentist’s office within a couple of weeks for the final restoration. Often times he/she will fabricate a custom crown to offer added protection for your tooth.
It is rare for complications after routine endodontic treatment. However, if a problem does occur, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, and re-infection of your tooth, continue to practice good dental hygiene and be evaluated regularly at your dentist’s office.
The costs associated with this procedure can vary depending on the type of tooth that is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.
You will be advised not chew or bite on the treated tooth since it will be susceptible to fracture until you have it restored by your dentist. Ou office will send a report to your general dentist following the completion of treatment and you will need to schedule an appointment with their office for the restoration. Otherwise, practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular checkups and cleanings.
Most patients will experience soreness, particularly to biting or chewing, for a few days. Everyone's rate of healing is different; some patients have discomfort for one day, some for a week. However, if you experience anything beyond mild discomfort, or if you develop any facial swelling, please call our office.