What is A Root Canal?
A root canal is natural cavity or space in the root of a tooth. The root canal is contains pulp as well as the nerve of the tooth.
Understanding How The Tooth Nerve Functions
While it is not a well known fact, the nerve of the tooth is not significant to its function or health. After the tooth has emerged from the gum, the nerve only has sensory functions. It will provide the sensation of hot and cold when we eat and drink. However, the lack of the tooth’s nerve will have no negative impact on the daily function of the tooth.
What is a Root Canal Treatment (Endodontics)?
Root canal treatments, or endodontics, is the process of removing the nerves from the roots of an infected tooth in order to save it. In order for a root canal treatment to be performed, the infection has to enter the roots. An infection that has spread deep into the root can cause a lot of discomfort and make eating/drinking a painful experience.
A dentist who specializes in this type of treatment is known as an endodontist. During the treatment, the pulp of the tooth is removed and the endodontist will proceed to clean and disinfect the root canal. Next, the root canals are shaped and a filling is used to seal the space.
Why an Tooth Infection Needs to Be Treated Immediately
If not treated on time, the patient may experience swelling in other areas than the mouth. This includes swollen face, neck, or head. Furthermore, the patient can develop drainage issues from the root. The infection can cause a hole through the side of the root, which in turn will cause the drainage to leak into the gums, check, and finally into the skin.
If an infected tooth is left alone for a long period of time, an abscess can form. An abscess will show up on an x-ray as a dark spot below the apex of the root. This is actually bone loss in the jaw.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal Treatment
You may need a root canal if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Moderate to severe lingering toothache pain when drinking hot or cold liquids or foods.
- Moderate to severe pain when biting on a tooth
- Sensitivity to tapping or pressure on the tooth
- Toothache that wakes you up in the middle of the night
- A pimple on your gum that may release pus or blood
- Radiating pain from one area of the mouth to another
The Root Canal Process
The first step of the procedure is to anesthetize the effected area. The next step is to open an access point through the top, or biting surface of the tooth.The doctor will then determine a working length of each canal. Each canal is then cleaned and shaped in preparation for the filling material. Once each canal is prepared, it is filled with an inert material called gutta percha. The canals are then sealed. The tooth is now ready for a restoration, which is usually a crown. This entire procedure is often completed in two visits.
Boca Raton Endodontist
At The London Dental Group, we provide root canal treatments in Boca Raton. Contact us now at 888-302-7758 for more information from our Boca Raton endodontist or to schedule a consultation today.