Sometimes, if a tooth is cracked, given improper or repeated dental procedures, infected by a deep untreated cavity, or otherwise deeply damaged, it can become infected. There is actually organic matter inside our teeth, and this organic matter can become infected and even decayed if bacteria manages to get inside a tooth.
If this infection is not treated quickly, the nerve and pulp inside the tooth will start to rot, causing uncomfortable swelling and possibly even an abscess within the gum. Before the invention of the root canal, this necessitated pulling the decayed tooth. However, with the modern dentistry and top-of-the-line tools at Sninski & Schmitt Family Dentistry, this is not necessary. Instead, our dentists recommend a root canal.
Steps of a Root Canal
In order to give you a root canal, our dentists will:
- Numb the tooth: this means that you will not feel any pain during the procedure. Contrary to popular opinion, root canals are not supposed to be painful with modern dentistry
- Make an opening in the tooth: in order to get at the pulp inside the tooth, our dentists will make an opening in the tooth (usually near the extant damage, if possible)
- Remove the pulp: the infected pulp will be removed from the tooth. Depending on necessity, our dentist might also put in an anti-bacterial medicine to clean the inside of the tooth
- Fill the tooth with a rubber paste: our dentist will fill the tooth with a paste to protect the now-empty tooth from future damage and infections
- Place a temporary filling: at the end of the actual root canal surgery, the dentist will place a temporary filling on the hole he drilled earlier
- Restore the tooth with a crown: If the dentist needed to carve away a significant portion of the tooth, or if the tooth was significantly damaged beforehand, you will need a crown to replicate the look of a normal, healthy tooth.
Contact Your Local Dentist for Root Canal Treatment
At Sninski & Schmitt Family Dentistry, we understand that getting a root canal is something that almost everyone would rather avoid. However, there are certain times where it is not only recommended, but necessary to get one, as you can get serious bone or tissue damage by leaving an infected tooth untreated. If you would like to learn more about our root canal procedures or have a talk with one of our dentists in either Holly Springs or Cary, contact us by using the form below today!