Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry. Each tooth has a nerve inside of it. Sometimes this nerve can become irritated beyond repair by trauma or a cavity, and this can cause pain with cold beverages, pressure and/or chewing. If the nerve is left untreated, bacteria will accumulate, and more serious problems can occur like facial swelling, abscesses and bone loss around the tooth.
Antibiotics are usually prescribed to reduce the bacteria in the area, but a root canal needs to be performed to remove the source of the infection. For the root canal procedure, the patient is numbed with local anesthetic, so they are comfortable during the treatment. First, the dentist accesses the nerve through the top of the tooth. Next, the inflamed nerve is removed, and the nerve canals that run down into the roots of the tooth are cleaned and rinsed with antibacterial solution. Finally, the dentist seals the canals with a filling material called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted for a crown. A crown will not only restore the form and function of the tooth, but it will also stabilize and strengthen the tooth. We do perform root canal treatments at Aaron Family Dentistry. However, some teeth have complicated root canal systems, and in these special cases, the dentist might refer the patient to a root canal specialist (called an endodontist).
If you are experiencing tooth pain, call our office today!