Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is provided when a patient’s tooth has become damaged by infection or decay. The procedure is designed to save an injured tooth from extraction by removing the harmful living material that has infected its inner pulp and replacing it with medicated fillings.
After root canal treatment is complete, the tooth will have its appearance and function restored, and it will still retain its original structure.
An infection of the root canal occurs when decay spreads to the inner pulp of a tooth or when the inside of a tooth or its root tip develops a bacterial infection. There are many symptoms of a root canal infection, including:
- Severe toothache
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks
- Tender and swollen gums
- Abscess on the gums
The first step when providing root canal treatment is to treat the tooth and the immediate area that surrounds it with a local anesthetic. Next, a rubber sheet is placed around the tooth to prevent the infection from spreading to other areas of the mouth and to keep the tooth dry throughout the process. Once the tooth has been prepared, the inner portion of the tooth is accessed using special dental tools so that any infected pulp, damaged nerve tissue and visible decay that is present can be removed. To complete the process, the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and filled with a rubber-like substance called gutta percha.
After the procedure, it will be necessary to apply a temporary crown over the surface of the tooth in order to prevent fractures from occurring. The patient will need to return for a follow-up visit to receive a permanent restoration.
If you are suffering from an infection of the root canal and you would like to learn more about root canal treatment, please call us at (417) 221-9181 to schedule an appointment.