When a tooth’s pulp becomes severely decayed, root canal therapy is performed. Root canal surgery is a routine occurrence and happens daily at most dental practices, but it is still surgery, which is why it is important to call us right away when you feel any tooth discomfort to prevent further complications. So, what exactly is root canal therapy? Let’s take a closer look:
What is it?
Root canal therapy is needed when decay and bacteria moves to the soft inside of the tooth, known as the pulp. The pulp is a very important part of the tooth because it is made of up connective tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. People in need of root canal therapy usually feel extreme pain while chewing food, and experience sensitivity, swelling, jaw pain, and headaches.
Decay, cracks in the tooth, injuries affecting the mouth, and constant fillings cause the pulp of a specific tooth to become damaged and inflamed. If not properly cared for, the affected tooth can face serious complications, including tooth loss.
Procedure and After Care:
During root canal therapy, bacteria and damaged or decayed areas of the pulp are cleaned from the tooth. In some cases, a root canal may need to be completed in multiple sessions. After the decay is removed from the tooth and it is cleaned, it is then filled with a sealant to protect it from further decay.
Further, before sealing the tooth, an endodontist will apply medicine to the tooth if bacteria caused an infection inside the pulp. If the root canal more serious, the tooth may need to be capped with a dental crown to ensure that the tooth says strong and for a more cosmetically pleasing result. After the root canal is completed, a patient must take the right steps towards healing properly. For more information about root canal therapy after-care, please read our post-op instructions.
At Premier Dental Associates, we want all our patients to smile bright and to maintain pristine health. It you feel any tooth discomfort of sensitivity, please call us at 212-587-0202!