An injury, an infection or a deep caries can damage the tooth’s root. A tooth extraction is often the last solution employed; the adjacent teeth may lose their alignment, and jawbone problems or gum disease may occur.
A root canal treatment helps preserve the original tooth, its function and original appearance.
What are the symptoms that lead to a root canal treatment?
- Increased sensibility to temperature changes
- Severe tooth ache
- Inflammation or sensitivity
- Abscess (or fistula) on the gums
- Sometimes no apparent symptoms may be present
A root canal treatment needs one or more visits and is performed by your dentist or specialist at FAIRMOUNT DENTAL CENTER.
Root Canal Procedure
Under local anesthesia, the dentist places a barrier around the tooth to keep it dry during the procedure. Furthermore, using precision instruments, the dentist opens the tooth and removes the pulp, nervous tissue, bacteria and any present caries.
When the interior of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected, the dentist fills the canals with a material similar to rubber (called gutta-percha) and fills the cavity with a filling. Finally, he closes the cavity with a permanent or temporary sealer.
In the case of teeth under a lot of pressure from chewing or that are particularly fragile, the dentist will insert quartz pods in the tooth canals, and will fix them with a cement-like material. A crown will then be attached to the pods to increase stability and reduce the possibility of fractures.
After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will diminish as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth heals progressively.
A root canal treatment cannot prevent the apparition of caries or other kinds of dental diseases. Good oral hygiene, healthy eating habits and regular visits to the dentist will help you keep your root canal for years.
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