Root canal treatment (also known as endodontic treatment), is an ideal option to preserve a damaged permanent tooth and avoid extraction. In this procedure, the infected part of the tooth will have to be removed so that you won’t continually have to suffer from pain.
Why is root canal treatment needed?
Root canal therapy becomes necessary when there is an inflammation or infection in the soft tissues inside the tooth. This may be caused due to a chip or crack in the tooth, repeated dental procedures, or deep decay.
Symptoms of a root canal infection
- Sensitivity in the teeth on exposure to heat and cold
- Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
- Sharp pain in the tooth, especially upon biting
- Swollen and tender gums
What are the steps are involved in a root canal treatment?
To ensure that the procedure is completely painless, we will first administer local anesthesia. Then a hole is drilled in the tooth to access the pulp. The damaged pulp and nerve tissues are then carefully removed and the tooth is cleaned and flushed to get rid of any bacteria. Then, the tooth is filled with dental filling material and sealed for protection. A crown may be placed on top of the tooth for further protection.
We may prescribe antibiotics or medications to control and prevent the occurrence of infection. The newly restored tooth can last long given that you maintain good oral hygiene. There may be rare cases when the treated tooth may fail to heal properly after the treatment or there may be some problems that could develop along the way. When this happens, you can consult our office for further treatment. A root canal retreatment may be required to save the tooth in such a case.
For more information on root canal treatment, you can call Hermitage Dental Group at (615) 241-6461.