Root canals are a very common procedure. It is simple and it is very effective in preserving the look of natural teeth in addition to treating tooth infection. In the modern world, root canals are a quick and painless process. You may possibly need more than one root canal, depending on how severe the infestation is. But, after only a few hours post-procedure, you will have normal functioning of your teeth back. Schedule a consultation today by contacting us at Cherry Hill Dental Smiles.
Why are they important?
A root canal is a procedure used to treat infection or inflammation in your tooth’s pulp the pulp of the tooth is located in the pulp cavity in the tooth and is a soft, connective tissue that attaches the tooth to the gums. This helps nerve signals travel between the tooth and gum and allow for normal functioning and sensation of the teeth. Due to it being a connective tissue, any small inflammation or infection can spread quickly and easily to the rest of the mouth. When the infection spreads, the bacterium has a good chance of getting into your bloodstream which can affect various other areas of the body, causing health conditions outside of the mouth.
Root canals are useful in cleaning the infection and taking the inflammation out of the tooth’s pulp. This will protect you from further infection, help your painful symptoms and restore the normal functioning of your teeth and mouth.
Dental implants are an alternative to the root canal although root canals are still preferred by patients and dentists alike. The number one reason is that the root canal can stop the need for a total tooth extraction. This will help maintain normal functioning and allows you to have a natural look. Furthermore, root canals are cost-effective, painless, extremely efficient and permanent.
Initially, you will have a consultation with your dentist and they will give you information about the entire procedure and specific recovery instructions. It is of dire importance to follow these instructions exactly as you receive them as the instructions can vary depending on the condition of your teeth.
Before the procedure starts, the dentist will get an x-ray and provide an anesthetic. A dental dam is used to separate your teeth and block it from saliva. The root canal will begin by your dentist making an opening into the tooth’s crown, which is where they will access the infected dental pulp. Once the opening is finished, the dentist will remove the pulp and shape the pulp cavity to prepare for the filling.
The most common material used to fill the opening is called gutta-percha. The dentist will use an adhesive cement to hold the material in place and will provide a temporary filling in your tooth’s crown. This will prevent infection while you recover from the root canal.
After your quick recovery, you will come back into the office for a final restoration which involves placing a permanent crown or another type of restoration. This will give you both normal functioning and appearance. You will discuss the various types of restorative procedures with your dental team when you contact Cherry Hill Dental Smiles by calling 856-528-7177 today.