Root Canal, also known as endodontic therapy, is a treatment explicitly performed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal. The purpose of the procedure is to prevent the teeth from getting reinfected.
In this procedure, a soft center of the tooth, known as the pulp, is removed after it gets affected. It is usually performed either by a general dentist or endodontist.
Let’s move further to know more about the procedure.
What Happens During a Root Canal Treatment?
As we mentioned above, the root canal procedure eliminates the damaged and diseased pulp from the tooth. The pulp is situated beneath the enamel and the hard layer called the dentine. It consists of the tissues, the blood vessels, and the connective tissues that are beneficial during the growth of the root in the development phase.
Although you will be awake during the procedure, you will not feel any pain or sensitivity due to the effects of anesthesia. So, the process starts by numbing the area with local anesthesia. Then, the endodontist creates a small hole on the top of the tooth to see the damaged pulp. After the pulp is exposed, they will use files to remove it from the tooth carefully.
After the elimination process, the area is cleaned appropriately to ensure bacteria. Then, an antibiotic will be applied that prevents the teeth from getting reinfected. Now, the dentist will fill the hole with either a sealer paste or a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. They may also use a sealant to prevent the teeth from being affected by cavities.
When Do You Need a Root Canal?
People are unaware of their damaged pulp because the teeth look completely healthy from the outside. Pulp usually gets damaged or infected due to untreated tooth decay, multiple dental procedures on the same tooth, a chipped or cracked tooth, and an injured tooth.
The symptoms you will experience if you have damaged pulp are pain, swelling, and heat sensitivity in the affected tooth.
Preventive Measures Taken for Root Canal
You can prevent root canal if you follow the preventive measures given below:
- Brushing teeth at least twice a day.
- Using fluoride toothpaste.
- Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and replacing it after three months.
- Visiting the dentist for regular dental checkups and cleaning.
- Floss between the teeth to prevent the buildup of plaque.
- Following a healthy diet and limiting the consumption of sugary drinks and foods.
Taking necessary preventive measures will keep you away from root canal treatment and save you from several other painful dental treatments.
Diamond Star Dental offers advanced dental care services, including root canal procedures, by Dr. Jayjay Sapigao and his team of experienced dental assistants. For more details, call us at 760-422-3888, book online, or visit us at 31280 Bob Hope Dr., #102, Cathedral City, CA 92276.