Root Canal Treatments
A root canal treatment is a common procedure that can help save your tooth from extraction. Dentists at Noble Dental have been safely and expertly performing root canal procedures for their patients.
What is the purpose of a dental root canal?
A root canal is a treatment that repairs and saves a badly damaged or infected tooth. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and an abscess could form. Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
What does a root canal entail?
At Noble Dental, if the dentist suspects you may need a root canal, he/she will first take X-rays or examine existing X-rays to show where the decay is located. We perform root canal treatments as an in-office procedure under local anesthesia that completely numbs the affected tooth. While the tooth is numb, a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. An access opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments.
What should one expect after a root canal?
At the next appointment, usually a week later, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials. A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth. For the first few days following the completion of a root canal, the tooth may feel sensitive due to natural tissue inflammation, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This sensitivity or discomfort usually can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication. Most patients can return to their normal activities the next day.
If you live in the 33483 or 33414 areas, and you’re experiencing pain schedule an appointment at our office by calling (561) 440-3433!