root canal disease

All You Need To Know About Root Canal Therapy

It’s too painful to live with a decayed tooth, ain’t it? The term “root canal” is derived from ‘cleaning of the canals inside a tooth’s root’. Root canal treatment is a usually direct procedure to prevent dental pain and safeguard your teeth that are badly decayed or infected. A tooth’s nerve and pulp can become irritated, inflamed, and infected because of deep decay; repeated dental processes on a tooth; or large fillings, a crack, or chip in the tooth. It also can happen because of severe injury to the face.

When a patient undergoes a Root Canal Treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed.

When do you need a Root Canal?    

Teeth have a soft core known as dental pulp. The pulp extends from the crown — the visible part of the tooth, till the tip of the tooth’s root in the jawbone. The pulp comprises nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. When your tooth is cracked or has a strong cavity, bacteria can make entry to the pulp. If left untreated the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and an abscess may develop. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that develops at the bottom of the roots of the tooth. This further will lead to pulp death, bone loss and loss of the tooth itself.

Signs and Symptoms may involve:

  • Swelling around your face, and neck or other areas of the head
  • A hole in your tooth
  • Loss of bone around the top of the root
  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Severe tooth pain while chewing or biting
  • Pimples on the gums
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Deep decay or darkening of the gums
  • Temperature sensitivity (particularly hot and cold sensations)

What will your Dentist do in Greeley, CO?

There’s nothing to worry about if your dentist or endodontist at Greeley Dental Care, prescribes a root canal procedure to treat your damaged tooth. Millions of teeth are treated and saved through this method, easing pain and restoring healthy teeth.

A modern Root Canal Treatment can basically be done in one or two appointments, based on the condition of your tooth and your personal situations. Firstly your doctor will take some dental X-rays to check the level of damage. You will also get a local anaesthetic to control pain. Then a rubberlike sheet known as a dental dam is placed in your mouth to keep the tooth clean, protected and free of saliva. When the decay is cleared, an opening is done through the crown of the tooth to get access to the pulp chamber. With the use of small dental tools, the infected or diseased pulp is removed. The final phase of the root canal is restoring your tooth. Once the filling is done, a crown is positioned— a realistic-looking artificial tooth.

Follow proper oral hygiene practises to help your restored tooth last for a lifetime.

Benefits of RCT

  • Normal chewing
  • Efficient biting force and sensation
  • Natural appearance
  • Safeguards other teeth from extreme wear or strain