While many people associate root canals with the most painful experiences you can have in a dental office, it’s simply no longer the case with contemporary dental techniques, including anesthesia and sedation procedures. The expert dental team at Smile Loft Branch Ave. in Camp Springs, Maryland, makes extra effort to relieve any anxiety you may have about root canal treatment. Call or click today to make an appointment.
The more accurate question is: Where is a root canal? Inside your tooth, there’s a space filled with soft pulp tissue — blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue — that normally stays protected inside the enamel and dentin. The procedure commonly referred to as a root canal typically occurs when the canal itself is compromised, from either tooth damage, infection, or inflammation.
Usually, you know something is wrong due to a tooth breaking or cracking, or if inflammation or infection are the cause, you may have tenderness, abscess swelling, or pain. The need for dental care is urgent because infection here can spread to other parts of your body.
Treating a compromised root canal means cleaning out all of the pulp inside and then sealing the canal with a biologically inert material. A type of material called gutta percha is often used for this purpose.
Typically, an opening is made on the top part of the tooth to access the root canal. Small files are used to clean and shape the canal. If the tooth has broken substantially, your dentist may insert a post into the root canal to serve as a foundation for building up a new crown.
It’s also possible that you may have a temporary filling placed so your dentist can check the condition of your tooth a few days later, before placing a permanent filling or starting further restoration work on your tooth. The tooth needs to be crowned after root canal therapy.
If you had pain or tenderness prior to the procedure, the root canal procedure itself relieves the problems that caused your pain in the first place. The Smile Loft Branch Ave. team uses profound anesthesia during the procedure to numb the tooth so the procedure is pain-free.