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Many people consider a root canal treatment to be potentially an unpleasant experience. You might even feel a few butterflies fluttering in your stomach if we were to recommend one for you.
But there’s nothing actually to dread about this common and very effective treatment. The procedure doesn’t cause pain; in fact, it most likely relieves tooth pain. What’s more, it could save a tooth that would be otherwise lost.
The name comes from narrow passageways extending from the tip of the root to the innermost tooth pulp. The pulp contains nerves and other structures once vital to early tooth development. And although they’re not as important in a fully mature tooth, those nerves still function. In other words, they can still feel stimulation or pain.
That shouldn’t be a problem with a healthy tooth. But if tooth decay invades the inner pulp, those nerves now under attack will begin firing. You’ll know something’s wrong. As bad as it feels, though, the toothache isn’t your worst problem: if the decay isn’t stopped, it can spread through the root canals to the bone that could eventually lead to losing the tooth.
A root canal treatment removes the decayed pulp tissue and protects the tooth from re-infection. We first deaden the tooth and surrounding tissues with a local anesthesia and set up a rubber dam around the tooth to protect it from contamination from the surrounding environment. We then drill a small access hole through the enamel and dentin to reach the pulp chamber and root canals.
Using special instruments, we remove all the diseased tissue from the pulp and flush out the empty chamber and root canals with antibacterial solutions. After re-shaping the root canals, we fill them and the pulp chamber with gutta-percha, a rubber-like biocompatible material that conforms well to the root canal walls. We seal the gutta-percha with adhesive cement and then fill the access hole. Later, we’ll give the tooth further protection with a custom crown.
After the procedure, you may experience short-term minor discomfort usually manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen. The good news, though, is that the excruciating nerve pain from within the tooth will be gone—and your tooth will have a new lease on life.
If you would like more information on saving a problem tooth with root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know.”
Your teeth can't talk, but they can send strong signals that they need help. Ignoring the signs that you may need a root canal may increase your risk of a dental abscess, a painful bacterial infection. Our Folsom and Sacramento, CA, dentists, Drs. Julianne and Anthony Digiornio, share a few signs that may indicate that you need a root canal.
Your tooth hurts
Pain is a clear sign that your tooth is in trouble. A visit to our Sacramento or Folsom offices will determine if the pain is caused by a cavity, or if you need a root canal. When you need a root canal, pain can be constant or may come and go. You may notice that the pain gets worse when press on the tooth or eat or drink hot or cold foods and drinks.
Your tooth has gotten darker
You may need a root canal if your previously white tooth has turned brown or gray suddenly.
Your gums hurt
Swelling and pain in the gums surrounding your tooth may be a sign that you need a root canal.
You have an abscess
Symptoms of an abscess include fever, swollen lymph glands, a pimple on your gum, facial swelling and severe pain. If you notice these symptoms, call us immediately. Abscesses are dental emergencies. The infection in your tooth can spread to other parts of your body via your bloodstream if you don't receive antibiotic treatment.
You have a damaged tooth
A root canal may be needed if your tooth fractured or was loosened or knocked out.
A root canal can save your tooth
Root canals are performed when tooth pulp becomes inflamed or infected. If you do nothing about the problem, you'll eventually lose your tooth. During a root canal, the pulp is removed from the center of the tooth. The pulp also extends into small canals in the roots of your teeth. As part of the procedure, those canals will be cleaned and shaped. You'll leave your first root canal appointment with a temporary filling and return in just about a week to receive a permanent filling.
During the procedure, we'll use a local anesthetic to ensure that you don't feel any pain. After your root canal, your tooth may be sensitive for about a week, but any lingering pain should soon disappear. In most cases, you'll need to add a crown to your tooth to protect it.
Preserve your smile with root canal therapy. Call Drs. Julianne and Anthony DiGiornio at the Sacramento office at (914) 486-8525 or at the Folsom office at (916) 817-6453 to schedule an appointment.