Root canal is a procedure in which the dentist drills a hole into your tooth and removes all of the infected pulp and nerves to prevent a bacterial infection from spreading. This is necessary when bacterial infection and dental decay are allowed to spread into the root canal or pulp chamber.
At Yorktown Dental Spa, we only provide root canals if there’s no other way to save your tooth from complete decay and tooth loss. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of the deep root canal procedure.
What is a Root Canal Treatment?
Root Canal Treatment is a procedure in which the dentist has to drill into the affected tooth and enter the root canal. The dentist has to then remove the infected pulp and dead nerves — this is the only way to prevent the infection from spreading further, which can lead to an abscessed tooth, which can eventually even lead to loss of teeth.
The Anatomy of the Tooth
To understand what is root canal treatment and its necessity, you need to first understand the basic anatomy of the tooth.
The external layer of the tooth is made of enamel, followed by the dentin layer. When you suffer from bacterial infection, a cavity forms in your enamel and dentin. However, if the infection is allowed to spread, it eventually reaches the inner layer of your tooth — the root canal.
The root canal holds a pulp chamber, blood vessels that lead to the tooth’s root, and a nerve. The nerve, however, isn’t important to because it’s only responsible for hot and cold sensations. Its presence or absence doesn’t affect the tooth’s functionality.
Signs you Need a Root Canal
The following are some signs that you may need a root canal or at least a dental filling:
- Persistent toothaches, especially while chewing or speaking.
- Persistent bad breath caused by dental decay.
- Cracks or fractures in the teeth.
- Sensitive gums and teeth.
- Inflamed and reddened gums.
- Sensitive gums that may bleed while brushing.
- Formation of pimples around the gums.
Deep Root Canal Process
The following is an overview of the steps involved a deep root canal process:
- The dentist will first inspect your teeth using x-rays and other means to determine if your teeth are infected.
- Before proceeding with the treatment, the dentist will inject local anesthesia in your gums to numb them and prevent sensation. This isn’t entirely necessary because your nerves are probably dead and you won’t feel anything anyway. But it’s a cautionary measure.
- The dentist will place a rubber dam in your mouth so saliva doesn’t interfere with the procedure.
- The dentist will drill into the tooth and remove all of the debris, pulp, nerves, and blood vessels.
- After hollowing out the tooth, the dentist will clean it and remove all the debris.
- The dentist will clean the insides of the tooth with sodium hypochlorite.
- The dentist will apply medicine inside the tooth and seal it with a temporary filling.
- Tooth-colored materials like composite resin and porcelain will be applied on the outside of your tooth to seal and protect it.
- Finally, the dentist will place a dental crown over the tooth to protect it from damage.
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Root Canals Q&A
How long does a root canal take?
Root canal procedures usually conclude within 90 minutes.
How much does a root canal cost?
The cost of a root canal treatment may cost anything between $300 to $1,800, depending on the location of the affected tooth and the location of the treatment.
What is the structure of the root canal?
The root canal of the tooth includes a pulp chamber that houses the pulp, the primary canals, and blood vessels connecting to the tooth’s root.
How successful are root canals treatment?
People often assume root canals treatments are dangerous because of false information found in online sources. Most of the information you find online about root canals is based on information that’s several decades old. Modern root canal procedures are completely safe with a nearly perfect success rate. The American Association of Endodontists assures that root canals are almost always completely safe and essential.
Why are dental crowns recommended after a root canal?
Your tooth is left weak after a root canal because the dentist has to remove all of the infected pulp and nerves. As such, even the slightest impact can seriously affect or break your tooth. The dentist places a dental crown over the tooth to protect it from injury.
What are typical symptoms of root canal infection?
Symptoms of root canal infection include heightened sensitivity to temperatures, sensitive gums, irritation in the gums, bleeding gums, and severe toothaches.
Does root canal treatment solve hot/cold tooth sensitivity?
Hot/cold tooth sensitivity may occur because of the damaged or infected nerve in your tooth. As such, root canal treatment does solve that sensitivity by removing the nerve.
Can a tooth regrow after a root canal?
Your tooth can’t regrow to its original state or condition after the root canal.
Why is a root canal considered oral surgery?
People often refer to the root canal as an oral surgery but it’s a minimally invasive procedure not much more complicated than a dental filling. The only difference is that the dentist has to dig a little deeper than they would for a regular cavity.
Schedule your Root Canals Appointment
Yorktown Dental Spa is one of the best restorative dentistry clinics in Houston, TX. Located in 5373 W Alabama St #118, our clinic is in the center of Upper Houston and highly accessible for everyone. We also have the latest technologies and equipment with which to provide root canal treatments with minimal pain or risk of side effects. For more information, please schedule your root canals appointment today.