Root canal therapy is a very common, yet often dreaded dental procedure; however, the use of sedation dentistry now makes this an easy, efficient way to save damaged teeth. Consider this overview on root canal therapy for more information.
- What is a Root Canal?
A root canal, also known as root canal therapy, is a dental procedure performed in order to identify the cause and treat problems within the dental pulp of a tooth, which is the soft tissue within the core of a tooth that contains blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerves.
- Candidates for Root Canal Therapy
Candidates for a root canal are typically individuals who have:
- An abscess or infection within the tooth or at the tip of the root.
- Suffered injury or trauma to the tooth.
- Extreme decay that has broken past the dentin and reached the dental pulp.
If you are experiencing extreme toothache pain, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, swelling, tenderness, or an abscess on your gums, then you may be in need of a root canal.
- Procedural Steps
After you are properly sedated, your sedation dentist will place a rubber dam around the affected tooth to keep it dry and free from saliva. Your dentist will then create an opening in the top of the tooth in order to remove the damaged or infected pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. Once the pulp chamber of the tooth has been cleaned, it will be treated with an ointment to prevent infection before being sealed with a filling. Some root canal treatments require additional appointments, in which case, a temporary filling will be used until a permanent seal can be put in place.
Whether you’re in need of endodontic treatment, dental implants, or a routine cleaning, the cosmetic dentists with The Smile Design Center are here to help. Contact our Baltimore office at (443) 275-9821 or visit us online to set up a consultation.
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