Root canals are performed in order to remove diseased or infected pulp tissue from within a patient's tooth. Our dentist will hollow out and clean the inner chambers of the tooth and fill them to prevent further infection.
The inner tissue of a tooth consists of lymph tissue, nerve tissue and blood vessels and is a vital component to the health and lifespan of a tooth. When a tooth's pulp becomes exposed to severe decay, bacteria, deep fractures from trauma etc. the tooth begins to die. Root canals are performed to prevent and eradicate infection in order to save and preserve the tooth. Once performed, root canals are designed to not only prevent pain caused by damage to the tooth, but also to prevent future infection.
Root Canal Procedure
Your Northern Kentucky Dental professional will determine whether antibiotics are required to fight against possible infection prior to your treatment. If so, antibiotics will be provided a number of days before your scheduled visit.
Your dentist will begin the procedure by administering an anesthetic to numb the tooth and prevent you from feeling any sensitivity. A specialized drill will be used to access the inner chambers of the tooth which will then be cleaned and disinfected to remove any traces of bacteria. Once the infection is removed, the tooth is filled with either anti-bacterial materials or composite resin. The access hole to the tooth's canals are also sealed.
In some cases, a temporary filling is used to seal the entry to the canals. Once the tooth has healed, your dentist may suggest a permanent restoration such as a crown or dental filling to better restore the tooth's strength and functionality.
If you experience discomfort or soreness, your dentist may chose to prescribe medication to help your recovery.
Signs of Endodontic Problems:
If you experience significant pain and discomfort, this may be a sign of an endodontic concern, Swelling, discoloration, sensitivity to hot and cold are all symptoms a tooth in need of root canal treatment. Contact your dentist if your experience, tender gums and/or drainage or tenderness within the jaw bone, lymph nodes and gum tissue.
Some patients may experience an abscess, infected pus pocket. Abscesses can form at the end of the tooth's root and can be quite painful. The abscess will need to be drained and treated as soon as possible. If you notice an abscess, but don't experience any pain, contact Northern Kentucky Dental immediately as the bone structure encasing the tooth may be damaged.