Millions of teeth are successfully treated and saved every year with root canal treatments.This common procedure is used to repair a badly damaged or severely infected tooth. Root canal therapy is performed when the tooth’s pulp which is composed of nerves and blood vessels inside of the tooth becomes infected or damaged.
Common causes of an infection of the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth, or trauma. The term "root canal" comes from the cleaning of the canals inside the root of the tooth. Without treatment, the infection is likely to become severe enough that the tooth will be lost. Symptoms that indicate a root canal treatment may be necessary include:
- Severe toothache
- Temperature sensitivity
- Inflamed and tender gums
- Abscess on the gums
Using local anesthesia, your dentist will ensure your tooth is numb for a root canal treatment. Using small tools, the inside of the tooth will be accessed and all damaged, diseased pulp will be cleared away. Once the chamber is cleaned and dried, it will be filled with a rubber-like material called gutta percha. The opening will then be closed. Finally, the tooth will receive a crown to protect its structure. When cared for properly, this crown could last a lifetime.
If you are suffering from a severe infection, it is essential that you are treated as soon as possible. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call the experts at TruDental Spokane. You can reach us at (509) 593-3033.