When the tooth pulp is inflamed or infected, you need to carry out a root canal treatment to clean out the pulp chamber and the root canal. The pulp is what enables the growth and development of the tooth. But once the tooth is fully developed, it can survive without the pulp as the surrounding tissues can nourish it.
If the tooth is not treated, you will continue to experience worsening pain and this can lead to an abscess forming under the tooth as well. Once this occurs, the strength of the tooth is impacted. A root canal procedure will allow you to keep the function of the tooth, and you will be able to chew and bite food as normal. And as you will not need to extract the tooth, the visual appearance of your teeth will not be affected.
You don’t need to worry about having to experience pain during the procedure. The local anaesthetic will ensure that you don’t feel anything when the treatment is happening. You can always read up more about the procedure and watch some videos so that you are prepared for what is to come.
The sooner you see a dentist about the pain, the sooner you will be able to understand the cause and receive treatment. When you visit the dentist when there is pain in your tooth, they will examine it to see what the cause of the pain is. There will be a physical examination of the tooth and sometimes there will be X-ray scans taken to get an in-depth understanding of the issue. Once the root canal procedure is set to proceed, there will be a local anaesthetic used to numb the tooth so you don’t feel any pain during the procedure.
The site is isolated using a dental dam so that saliva is kept away from the tooth. The tooth will be opened by drilling into the crown. And once this has been opened, the dentist will proceed to clean the infected pulp from the tooth using special instruments. The space inside will be cleaned completely and the pulp will be removed. There will be space made to replace the pulp.
This is filled with a biocompatible material. The root canal will be sealed by adhesive dental cement so that you will not experience any future infections in the same area. You will get a temporary filling after the root canal procedure is completed. This will seal the opening and once the tooth has healed, a crown will be fixed on top of it for protection. When the crown is fixed, the temporary filling will be removed.