ROOT CANAL PROCEDURE
WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL?
Root canal treatment is an effective way to save a tooth from an extraction. Also known as Endodontic Treatment. The goal of a root canal isn’t to cause you pain. It is to save a tooth that is infected.
We perform the procedure to remove bacteria dying or dead tissue from inside of the tooth. When people hear the word root canal, automatically assume it is the worst thing possible. All reality it is not. With our highly trained staff and professionals We here at Fulton Dental offer painless visits.
WHEN IS TREATMENT NEEDED?
Root Canal treatments are recommended or needed when there is an infection deep within the tooth. The pulp inside the tooth can become infected with bacteria because of an injury or because of a severe, untreated deep cavity. Without treatment, the infection can become more severe and end up with the tooth having it to be extracted.
HOW IS A ROOT CANAL IS PERFORMED?
Treatment is performed within 2 office visits.
- The first step the dentist administers local anesthesia to numb the tooth. It’s common to feel a bit of a pinch in the area when the needle goes in. After the tooth is numb, the endodontist might place a dental dam, a small sheet of rubber that isolates the tooth to keep it clean and dry during the procedure.
- The dentist will then use small tools, known as a drill to access the inside of the tooth by opening the top portion of the tooth. Next will use small files to clear away the damaged and diseased pulp from the inside of the tooth. We will also use the files to shape the inner chamber of the tooth and root and will then irrigate the chamber with water to wash away any remaining pulp.
- Once the chamber is thoroughly cleaned and dried, it is then filled in . A rubber-like material called gutta percha is would be used. It will then close the opening in your tooth with a temporary prefabricated crown . In order to receive a temp crown, the dentist will then take a molding impression of the root canaled tooth and send that impression to the lab . A temp would be placed for one week covering the tooth itself so no further infection would come about after the root canal treatment.
- After a week, the patient returns and the dentist would finish the treatment by placing a permanent crown or a similar type of restoration on the top of the tooth. Depending on the condition of your natural tooth, we may need to place a small supporting post inside of the root chamber, to make the crown or restoration more stable.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE
Taking good care of your teeth and gums is a must after a root canal. You might need to schedule an additional visit with FULTON DENTAL to X-ray the treated tooth and to make sure that all signs of infection are gone, in addition to twice-yearly dental cleanings and exams. It’s important to keep up a good oral care routine at home, including brushing twice a day with a toothpaste that fights germs for 12 hours, such as Colgate Total Advanced Deep Clean toothpaste. With care and attention, a tooth treated with a root canal can stay healthy for the rest of your life.