Root canal treatment, or endodontic therapy, is a treatment that is designed to restore teeth whose inner pulp material has become damaged by infection. This can be the result of a deep cavity that has been left untreated or a serious oral injury. We will work to remove the damaged material from the inside of the tooth and restore the structure so that healing can occur. Overall, this process is highly effective in saving severely damaged teeth from extraction and helping them to recover.
A tooth’s pulp is a soft inner material that is inside of the hard enamel exterior. This material extends all the way down to the jawbone. When the pulp becomes infected, it can cause very serious problems. If left untreated, the tooth will most likely need to be extracted, and the infection could even spread to the jawbone.
Some of the signs that root canal treatment is needed include:
Root canal treatment starts with X-rays of the tooth. This allows our experts to obtain a better understanding of how much damage has been caused. To start the procedure, we will provide appropriate anesthesia to keep you comfortable and place a special rubber sheet around the affected tooth. This is used to keep the tooth dry and to prevent the infection from spreading while treatment is provided.
During the root canal treatment, we will enter the inside of the tooth from the top to clean the infected material. Once the inner structure has been cleaned, an antimicrobial liquid will be applied to flush out the root canals and remove any existing bacteria or decay.
We will then apply medicated fillings to seal off the structure and to provide necessary structure and integrity for the tooth. This filling material will also help to encourage healing for the tooth. We finish the process by applying a dental crown over the top of the tooth. The crown will help protect the tooth from fractures or breakages. In most cases, a tooth treated from a root canal will make a complete recovery.
Restore your damaged tooth with safe and effective root canal treatment from Salem Creek Family Dental. We look forward to helping you restore the look of your smile and your overall oral health. Please call us at (615) 205-5666 to schedule an appointment.