Root canals are generally a regular procedure performed by an Endodontist. The anatomy of a tooth helps to explain what root canal procedures are. The structure of a tooth is comprised of “dentin.” The crown section of the dentin is covered with a hard, white layer of enamel. Inside the dentin is a soft tissue called the “pulp.” The pulp covers the crown to the root tips. Pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues. Pulp is very important during tooth growth, but when people become adults, their tooth is considered mature and pulp is not necessarily needed.
An endodontic procedure is needed when the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, due to cavities, oral trauma, and tooth cracks. Signs of pulp problems is extreme sensitivity to cold or hot substances, your teeth begin to become discolored, tooth becomes loose, and your gums become tender and begin to swell. Naturally, if you neglect seeing a dentist, you will experience pain or an abscess can develop.
Root canals can be corrected through a non-surgical root canal treatment or a surgical root canal treatment. A non-surgical root canal is accomplished by numbing the tooth with a safe, local anesthetic. Your endodontists will then make an opening through the top of the tooth to reach the pulp tissue inside the tooth’s canal space. Your dentist will remove the pulp from its chamber to make room for a coated filling. There may be a need for a follow-up visit to have a crown or another cap placed on the tooth to protect it. A surgical root canal helps to save the tooth through different surgical procedures.
However, the basic surgical method is to open the gum tissue near the tooth to remove any infections or inflammation of the tissues. The root end is also removed and the dentist examines the tooth for any fractures or contamination’s. A small filling is then placed in the tooth to seal the tooth’s root ends. This is accomplished by using sutures to help the gum tissue heal correctly and safely.
While not everyone experiences symptoms of a root canal, there are basic symptoms, that include:
• severe tooth pain that continually persists due to the damaged pulp or an abscess.
• when a dentist has been neglected and the tooth dies, leaving it very dark.
• swelling of the gums or a pimple on the gums which may be filled with pus.
• a bad smell or a bad taste.
• the inability to chew or to even tough the tooth, due to inflammation at the root tip.
• root canal pain can radiate to the ear, the jaw, and the temples.
• sensitivity to heat and cold foods and liquids.
Your dentist can determine if you need a root canal, by using an X-ray or other dental tools because there are other oral problems that may have similar symptoms. Remember, only through examinations by a dentist, can you know if you need a root canal, because there are instances when only a thorough exam will reveal root canals.
Dr. Barkhordar is your Endodontist that provides the highest standard of dental care for root canals and many other dentistry problems. With years of experience and a friendly staff of professionals, Dr. Barkhordar will take care of any root canal problems, using innovative tools and the highest level of patient care. Contact him today so that he can save you pain and to help save your teeth.