Root Canal Treatment
A tooth's pulp consists of soft tissue containing nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels. Within the tooth, it extends from the crown to the tip of the root within the gum. Infected pulp will cause pain, swelling and possible injury to jaw bones. Without root canal treatment, the tooth would eventually need to be removed.
Root canal treatment involves removal of the infected pulp by our dentist or endodontist, who specializes in root canal treatments, and then cleaning of the pulp chamber and root canal. The area is then sealed. It may take two to three visits to complete a root canal treatment.
Root canal therapy consists of the following steps:
• An opening through the crown of the tooth is made, extending into the pulp chamber.
• The pulp is extracted. The root canal is cleaned and reshaped for filling purposes.
• Medications are sometimes placed within the pulp chamber and root canal to prevent infection and kill bacteria.
• The tooth is temporarily sealed to protect it between dental visits. Our dentist might leave the tooth open for several days to allow for drainage. Antibiotics may be taken for possible infection beyond the tooth itself.
• On a subsequent visit, the pulp chamber and root canal are filled and sealed temporarily.
• Upon removal of the temporary filling, the pulp chamber and root canal of the tooth are cleaned effectively and sealed once again.
• Lastly, a porcelain or gold crown is then placed over the tooth to protect it from further injury as well as to strengthen it.