A root canal is a procedure that treats infection and disease within a tooth’s root. Varni Dental recommends the process when decay or damage that extends into the tooth's inner pulp is present. This treatment involves removing the diseased tissue within the tooth and replacing it with an inert material known as gutta-percha. Finally, the tooth is sealed with a filling or crown to protect it from future damage.
Although this procedure may sound painful, it can be comfortable thanks to numbing anesthetics and sedatives. Patients are often pleasantly surprised at how quick and comfortable the treatment is. Some even sleep through their procedures!
A root canal may be the best treatment option to save a tooth after a deep cavity or trauma to the tooth. Severe tooth decay and injury to the teeth can lead to infection in the pulp, the innermost layer of the tooth. This infection can cause severe pain and inflammation. In more severe cases, the infection can spread from the teeth into the gums and the surrounding bone. In these cases, your dentist may recommend a root canal to remove the infected tissue and prevent the spread of bacteria.
Duringa root canal procedure, the dentist removes the infected pulp and any damaged areas of the tooth. Your dentist will use local anesthetics to numb the area surrounding the tooth. Then, they will drill into the tooth to create an opening in the center of the pulp. Next, your dentist will remove the pulp from the tooth and clean the inside to remove any infection or debris. The tooth will be filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha and sealed with a filling or crown to protect and strengthen the tooth.
In most situations, a dental crown follows the root canal treatment to strengthen the tooth further and protect it from breakage. Permanent crowns can be made of various materials, including metal, ceramic, resin, or porcelain fused to metal. Temporary crowns can also be placed over the tooth for cosmetic purposes. These temporary crowns cannot be chewed on because they are made of acrylic plastic, but they can give patients a more beautiful smile until their permanent restoration is complete.
If you are worried about experiencing a root canal, talk to our dentist about sedation dentistry options. A root canal may be needed if you are experiencing tooth pain, discomfort, or sensitivity. Visit Varni Dental at 181 E Tasman Dr., Suite 60, San Jose, CA 95134, or call (408) 901-0101 to schedule an appointment today to see if this treatment can help get you out of pain!