Root canals eliminate problems caused by decay in the root of a tooth. Root canal treatment rids a damaged root canal of infection and pain, as well as protects surrounding teeth from the spread of infection-causing bacteria.
A few signs that a patient might require root canal treatment include toothache, especially when chewing, increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, swelling and tenderness in the gums, and darkening of the tooth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to contact your dentist to see what treatment options are available to you.
Treating an Infected Tooth Root
To treat an infected tooth root, an x-ray is taken to get a better look at the infected tooth cavity and to check the surrounding bone and soft tissues for signs of infection. To prepare the tooth for treatment, anesthesia is applied to the tooth and surrounding region, and a sheet of rubber is placed around the tooth to seal out saliva and other liquids.
Once the tooth is numbed and sealed, your dentist will drill into the infected tooth to remove pulp, bacteria, debris, and damaged nerve tissues and thoroughly clean the cavity. A cleaning solution or water will be used to remove debris throughout the procedure to keep the area clean and free of bacteria and other particles.
If an infection in the tooth requires further treatment, medication may be placed in the tooth, and antibiotics may be prescribed to eliminate any lingering pulp, bacteria, and debris.
After your procedure, a temporary filling seals the medicine in and keeps contaminants out. A permanent seal is placed at a second appointment the following week. If the cavity is clear and ready for treatment, a permanent seal can be completed during the same appointment as the root canal treatment. Paste and rubber are used to make the permanent seal, which is inserted in the cavity. The compound, called gutta-percha, is injected into the cavity, and the exterior access hole is also sealed.
Following root canal treatment, additional measures may be used to restore the function and health to the tooth. A crown or other covering may be used to secure the tooth and shield it from infection.
If you suffer from a toothache, sensitivity, or notice a darkening of your tooth, trust our years of expertise to eliminate your pain and restore your smile. Advanced Dentistry in Dallas, Texas offers treatments for a wide range of dental issues to help you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve. Give us a call at 214-237-3257 to learn more about how we can help.