Root Canals Q & A
What are root canals?
Root canals are a treatment option for teeth that have a severe infection in the pulp at the center of the tooth. The pulp is the soft core and has a rich supply of nerve endings. Pain from an infected tooth can be unbearable, which is motivation enough to get a root canal, but the infection can also cause complications.
If you don’t receive treatment for the infection, it can damage the roots of your tooth, making it fall out. The infection can also spread into your blood and travel around your body, causing heart problems and other significant complications.
Ar Arnica Dental, Dr. Vasilev can relieve your pain and prevent the consequences of untreated infections by performing a root canal, where she takes out all the infected tissue. Root canals are in-office procedures that offer an effective solution to preserving your natural teeth.
What happens when I have a root canal?
Before she begins work on your root canal treatment, Dr. Vasilev gives you an anesthetic to make sure you don’t feel any pain. She places a rubber sheet around the infected tooth to make sure it stays as dry and clean as possible, then makes a small opening in the top of your tooth.
Dr. Vasilev carefully inserts tiny files into the opening in your tooth to extract the infected pulp and any affected nerve tissue. She also makes sure to remove every trace of tooth decay and cleans the remaining healthy tissue thoroughly.
After cleaning your tooth, Dr. Vasilev seals it to stop bacteria from getting in again. Depending on the amount of tooth you have left after your root canal, she might fit a permanent filling straight away or give you a temporary crown and a follow-up appointment for your permanent crown.
You might also be able to benefit from Arnica Dental’s same-day crown service, which uses onsite technology to design and mill a ceramic crown while you wait.
What does my tooth look like after a root canal?
You won’t be able to tell the treated tooth apart from your other teeth after your root canal procedure is complete.
Dr. Vasilev puts a crown over your tooth that matches your existing teeth. The crown helps to protect the treated tooth, strengthen it, and make it look and feel like a normal tooth.
As well as root canals, Arnica Dental provides general periodontal disease treatment options for patients like deep cleanings.
To find relief from the agony of an infected tooth, call Arnica Dental today or book a root canal appointment online.