When the inner area of a tooth becomes damaged by infection or decay, root canal treatment might be the best way to save the injured tooth from extraction. Root canal treatment consists of removing the harmful material that is present inside the tooth and replacing it with medicated fillings that are designed to restore the tooth’s structure and function.
The root canal becomes infected when bacteria reach the inner portion of a tooth or when the inner pulp of a tooth starts to experience decay. A root canal infection is characterized by several symptoms, including:
When conducting a root canal treatment, our dental care specialists do everything possible to help the patient feel comfortable. We start by using a local anesthetic to prevent the patient from experiencing any pain during the procedure. The tooth is kept dry throughout the process using a rubber sheet, which also discourages the infection from spreading.
After the preparations have been made, the dentist will access the inner area of the tooth. Once inside, special tools will be used to remove any infected pulp and damaged nerve tissue that is present. Next, the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and sealed with a dental filling material. To protect the tooth from damage, a temporary dental crown will be fitted over the tooth. The patient will be required to return for a follow-up visit so that a permanent dental crown can be applied.
If you are experiencing tooth pain and you want to find out if a root canal treatment can help restore a damaged tooth, please contact us at (509) 326-8039 to schedule an appointment.