A root canal is usually the preferred treatment for treating infected teeth. Usually, tooth infections develop either because of direct trauma to the tooth that results in a cracked or broken tooth, or due to a prolonged, extensive cavity.
Both tooth decay and oral injuries can damage and destroy the outer layers of the teeth. When this happens, the sensitive and vulnerable “pulp” is exposed to oral bacteria, resulting in an infection. Over time, the pulp will die, killing the nerves and blood vessels that keep your tooth alive, and eventually resulting in total tooth loss.
A root canal is used to avoid this. In root canal therapy, an opening is made in the tooth, and then all of the infected pulp is removed and replaced with an inert material. Then, the tooth is sealed and protected with a filling or a crown, restoring the appearance of the tooth and protecting it from future damage.
Getting a root canal is always the best way to save an infected or damaged tooth and prevent further complications.
First, Dr. Evans will clean the treatment area and numb your mouth to ensure you don’t feel any discomfort during your root canal at Laveen Smiles. We also offer sedation options to further enhance your comfort and ensure you feel calm and safe during your treatment.
Next, Dr. Evans will use a dental drill to clean away damaged tooth material, and to make an opening in the tooth’s surface, providing access to the interior of the tooth. Once this opening has been made, he will use specialized dental tools to remove and clean away decayed pulp. After this, the tooth will be flushed with disinfectant to make sure it’s totally free of infectious bacteria.
Once the tooth has been cleaned and prepared, a rubber-like material called “gutta-percha.” This substance replaces your natural pulp and strengthens the inside of your tooth.
As the final step in the process, you’ll get a filling or a temporary crown to protect your tooth. Typically, you will need to come back to our office to get a permanent crown, as this will ensure that your tooth remains protected for years to come.
No. Root canals don’t hurt at all, despite what popular culture may have you believe. Your mouth will be completely numb during the process, and you won’t feel a thing. You can even be sedated at our office.
In fact, a root canal allows you to get relief from the serious pain and discomfort of a toothache, so choosing to get root canal therapy at Laveen Smiles is the best way to get rid of pain and get back to your day-to-day routine.
Root canals also don’t cause much discomfort after your treatment. You may feel a little bit of soreness and tenderness for a day or two, but this will go away quickly.