Save or Strengthen a Diseased Tooth with a Root Canal
At Bedford Dental Group, we know that a root canal receives a bad rap due to the unknown circumstances surrounding the process. With a little research and knowledge, anyone can see there is nothing to be afraid of, and going through with the procedure is far better than ignoring it all together. First of all, everyone knows tooth decay is unfavorable and can cause serious problems if not handled properly. A root canal repairs teeth that are so decayed they have become infected. Each tooth’s nerve and pulp reside in the root canal, and thus need to be removed during the process; after which, the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
So, who needs a root canal?
If you have any of the following symptoms, you may be a candidate: extreme toothache when pressure is applied your teeth either through chewing or clenching; inability to tolerate hot or cold temperatures and lingering sensitivity even when teeth are no longer in contact with the culprit; or a darkening of a tooth and/or swelling of the gums.
Situation of a broken tooth.
The inner part of the tooth, called the pulp, has been affected due to a large cavity in this example. The infection has extended beyond the root and created bone destruction at the apex (tip of the root).
Small files are used to remove the decayed areas and any remaining pulp. This can be done using a specialized drill.
The canal can then be filled with a rubbery material injected into the canal with specialized instrumentation.
This is done in all the canals.
If any of the above symptoms sound familiar, it is important to take the next step toward finding a Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist who can assist in getting you pain-free. Because like any medical or dental procedure, putting it off when you know it is necessary is only going to lead to prolonged discomfort; and will almost certainly mean more costly and extensive repair down the road. So, look at a root canal as a new beginning. Comprised of an x-ray to determine whether or not there is, in fact, an infection present, a local anesthetic is given to numb your tooth’s surrounding area, and remove the debris and decayed nerve tissue in order to provide a thorough cleaning.
The root canal procedure is fairly straightforward, and really is nothing to be fearful of. After all, has been completed, the tooth needs to be sealed, but doing so might lead up to a week after the initial operation if medication is prescribed to clear up an infection. In the end, you will be left with a tooth that is not only free of decayed nerves but pain! Once you have completed your root canal, you may want to consult with our Beverly Hills root canal dentists about taking the next step toward restoration.