Root canal therapy is necessary when a tooth needs to be saved from an infection to the pulp. A timely root canal treatment may prevent the need for a tooth extraction, and further placement of a dental bridge or an implant.
The pulp chamber is located at the center of a tooth. It contains a nerve and blood vessels nourishing that nerve and the tooth itself. Advanced tooth decay, or trauma to the tooth such as a crack or a chip are some reasons for pulp infection. Once the pulp becomes exposed to food particles and bacteria, so does the nerve. Therefore, you will feel significant pain when chewing on the affected tooth, and especially when consuming fluids of extreme temperatures.
Other pain characteristics suggesting a pulp infection and a need for root canal are duration of more than ten seconds, or spontaneous occurrence such as in the middle of the night.
The Root Canal Procedure
We’d like to let you know immediately that root canal therapy today is nowhere near as painful as it used to be in the past. Sedation therapy with nitrous oxide is what makes the procedure very tolerable as well as helps to relieve anxiety. Some dentists will even offer you a massage chair during the treatment. Ask your Dallas dentist about his or her approach to root canal therapy.
In most cases, your dentist will use non-surgical means to remove the compromised pulp. Once the tooth and the root system have been thoroughly cleaned, the site is sealed. One or more visits may be necessary to complete the process.
Driving home after the treatment is possible when local anesthesia is used. If the treatment turns out unsuccessful and the dentist is unable to save the diseased tooth, extraction will be recommended.