If you have a severely damaged tooth, then it is often possible to save it with a root canal treatment. Root canals are a type of surgical procedure that is performed by a knowledgeable dentist. This is considered an endodontic treatment. If you have been in an accident, then you may need multiple procedures at one time, making this a more complicated process. Endodontic procedures involve caring for the interior portions of a tooth along with the gum tissue and alveolar bones that are near the tooth. If the infection isn’t eliminated from the tooth and its surrounding tissues, then the inflammation will spread, destroying the tooth and possibly infecting other teeth. A root canal treatment is considered an emergency procedure that is performed right away rather than scheduled at a later time.
How Is a Root Canal Performed?
This type of endodontic therapy will require anesthesia to prevent pain. The dental hygienist will place plastic devices inside your mouth to collect saliva and other substances so that the dentist can work on a tooth carefully. Throughout the procedure, a dental hygienist will use suctioning equipment to remove debris. During this procedure the tooth and its surrounding tissues are washed to remove bacteria that can inflame the tissues. Our dentist will likely place a small metal device around the tooth to make it easier to work on. The roots of the infected or damaged tooth are pulled from the inside of the tooth. Each type of tooth has a different shape and size, so our dentist understands how to work on different teeth such as incisors or molars. After the tooth is washed again to eliminate bacteria, the shell of the tooth is filled with a durable substance that is waterproof.
How Is a Tooth Protected After a Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal treatment will eliminate the infection in the tooth and its surrounding tissues, but the treated tooth is unstable because its pulp has been removed. Fortunately, our dentist can make a beautiful crown to protect the tooth from damage. Today, most dentists can make customized crowns right away, and these restorations are typically made from a color-matching ceramic resin that looks natural inside your mouth. A dental crown will fit over the entire tooth’s shell to protect it while you chew food and talk. Dental crowns will last for many years, and you will care for the dental restoration in the same way as your natural teeth.