Root Canal Therapy is a method used to try and save an extremely distressed tooth. Many times it is due to decay, or trauma and the nerve of the tooth becomes irritated, and then dies. The tissue in the tooth necroses and forms infection in the tooth and surrounding bone. This infection needs to be eliminated by extracting the tooth or performing a root canal. If the infection is left, it can cause systemic infection of the patient, tooth loss, and even death of the patient in extreme cases.
What to Expect
We usually will administer a strong and long lasting anesthetic next to the tooth, so that you will not feel discomfort during the procedure, and to try and prevent pain after the procedure. Usually, we will isolate the tooth with a rubber dam which is a sheet of rubber or silicon to keep the files, and various irrigants in your tooth, and not in your mouth.
Then we will clean the diseased tissue and associated bacteria from the tooth and slightly enlarge the canals within the tooth to facilitate good rinsing and disinfection. Then we will fill the tooth canals with gutta percha which is a special type of rubber that is very durable. In fact, it used to be used to coat the intercontinental cable in the ocean for long distance phone calls!
Once the root canal is finished it will usually need to receive a crown as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, please give our office a call at 805-553-1980!