Root Canal Treatment: Purpose and Procedure
Located inside of teeth, root canals are hollow chambers, which house important soft materials and the nerves of teeth. When teeth are damaged by injury or extensive decay, root canals can become exposed to bacteria and debris in the mouth. In a healthy tooth, a root canal is sealed off from irritants, however, when the root canal has been breached by damage or decay, it becomes infected. Because nerve endings are involved, infected root canals can produce moderate to severe discomfort in patients. To repair damaged root canals, our dentist performs root canal therapy.
Root Canal Treatment Saves Teeth from Extraction
Simply put, root canal therapy allows patients to retain severely damaged teeth. When an infected root canal goes untreated, the tooth will eventually die—thus requiring removal. By cleaning out the infection and irritation in the root canal, our dentist can eliminate this threat and restore the tooth from the inside out.
An Overview of the Root Canal Treatment Procedure
Teeth cannot self-heal. When a tooth is injured or damaged, it requires professional treatment to stop the condition from worsening and to restore tooth function. Root canal therapy accomplishes this by preventing the infection from worsening to the point that a tooth dies while also restoring a patient’s ability to use their tooth without pain or discomfort.
Using small, precise dental tools, our dentist will gently enter the root canal chamber and remove the infected material. The dying nerve will be removed and the inside of the tooth will be irrigated to remove all debris and irritants. Once the interior structures of the tooth have been thoroughly cleaned, our dentist will then sea the inside of the tooth to protect it from further damage. Once the tooth is sealed, patient will no longer feel discomfort associated with an infected root canal.
In some cases, patients may require a restoration in addition to root canal treatment. If this is the case, our dentist will restore the outside of the tooth with a filling or crown.
For more information about root canal treatment, contact the office of Dr. Jason Erickson today.