What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?

dental root canal arlingtonA dental root canal therapy is a procedure used to remove infected tissue from the interior of a tooth. Infection can occur as a result of severe trauma to the tooth or extensive decay. Usually this procedure is used to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. After the tooth is treated, it is fitted with a dental crown to strengthen and protect it.

Why is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?

If our dentist has recommended dental root canal therapy, it’s probably because she sees no other way to save your tooth. The root canal itself is a hollow area inside the tooth where the nerve and pulp are located. The nerve tissue and the soft pulp help your tooth relate sensations to your brain such as cold, heat, and pressure. If these tissues become infected, the result is usually extreme discomfort. There is also a high risk that the infection will spread beyond the interior of the tooth. Infection inside the tooth can spread to neighboring teeth, the jawbone, the skull and facial bones, the sinuses, and even the brain. For these reasons, it’s important to have any dental infection treated promptly.

How is a Root Canal Performed?

To perform root canal therapy, our endodontist will drill a hole in your tooth, much like she would if she were removing decay to place a filling. However, instead of removing decay from the tooth itself, she uses special tools to access the tooth’s interior through the hole that’s been drilled. These special tools are used to remove the infected tissue, leaving the interior of the tooth clear of infection.

With the tooth’s interior thoroughly cleaned, our dentist will sterilize it, then fill it with a special sterile resin. Your tooth will not be as strong as it was before treatment, so she’ll then prepare the tooth for a dental crown. This involves reshaping the tooth to make room for the crown. The placement of your permanent crown marks the end of your dental root canal therapy. Your tooth will be strong enough to withstand the wear and tear of biting and chewing, and will also be free of infection.

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