Endodonics – Root Canals
What is Endodontics?
Endodontics – root canals is a dental procedure which deals with the nerve tissue in your teeth, which reside inside the tooth and deep within the roots of the tooth.
Root canal is a procedure in dentistry that becomes necessary when the insides of the tooth – where the roots are – become infected and threaten the loss of the tooth – or worse.
The main cause of the tooth infection is often due to a damaged tooth which lets is dangerous bacteria and compromises the insides of the tooth. Therefore, the nerves and other internal tooth structures that are infected must be removed. If you don’t remove the infected material and sterilize the tooth, then the infection might get worse and you might experience the loss of bone in your jaw due to the ongoing infection.
Before the procedure is begun, the dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area where the procedure will be done on. A hole will be drilled down the tooth and this is done to create a hole into the root canal. The dentist will then remove the infection and then apply a sealant known as gutta percha that is used to seal this space.
A crown should be fitted to the tooth which has undergone this procedure. The crown will improve the tooth’s appearance and it makes sure that the root canal was a success.
Dental patients are afraid when they hear the word “root canal”. However, the dental technology has advanced and the benefits of this procedure should not scare you. The procedure can be performed with no pain or a little pain by using the right medication. You may feel some pain or discomfort after the procedure, but you should know that this is common for most of the dental procedures, and is normally short-lived.
You can use over-the-counter painkillers (ibuprofen, Tylenol) that will help you in relieving this pain (if you have any pain at all), and there are also some medications that can be prescribed by Dr. Lamb if your pain persists. After the completion of root canal, you will no longer feel any pain and you can enjoy eating food without worrying about the pain from the cold or heat. You will even bite too hard and you will not feel any pain.