A root canal is a treatment that restores the health of an infected tooth. To understand root canals, it helps to think about the structure of your teeth.
The outermost layer of your teeth is a thin, white layer of hard tissue called enamel. Just beneath lies another layer of hard tissue called dentin.
Beneath your dentin is a chamber filled with a soft tissue called pulp. Your tooth pulp contains nerves, connective tissues, and blood vessels and serves to nourish your teeth during youth.
If your tooth pulp becomes infected, significant pain can occur. Root canals remove all traces of infected pulp and fill the chamber with a special dental material.
Tooth pain is the most common symptom of an infected tooth. Some other signs that could indicate tooth infection include:
If you notice these changes, schedule a visit with Dr. Whitenhill right away. Untreated, an infected tooth can cause an abscess — a painful pocket of pus created by bacterial infection.
Advancements in dental technology have revolutionized root canals, and there is nothing to fear about these restorations. You’ll receive medication to ensure you’re comfortable from start to finish.
Your provider begins by creating a small opening in your tooth to access the inner chamber. The team then uses special tools called dental files to remove all traces of pulp before rinsing the cleared chamber.
Next, a material called gutta percha is used to fill the chamber before a small filling closes the access opening. A custom crown is crafted to cover and protect the treated tooth, and you’ll receive a temporary crown while the permanent one is being created.
Once your new crown is cemented into place, your restoration is complete. There will be no more pain, and your tooth will look and function just like the surrounding healthy teeth.
If you have additional questions or concerns about the root canal procedure, call the Whitenhill Dental Corporation team today to set up a consultation. Online booking is fast and easy, or you can always call during regular business hours to schedule a visit.