Find out how a root canal can protect one of your most important assets.
A root canal is a restorative procedure that is designed to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible. When the inside of the tooth, known as the pulp, becomes infected or inflamed then your Venice, FL dentist Dr. Clark Wright will most often recommend root canal therapy.
So, why a root canal over a tooth extraction? Is one option better than another?
While a tooth extraction may be recommended if the tooth is beyond repair, a root canal is almost always the best course of action if the natural tooth isn’t too severely damaged. Instead of just removing the tooth and then having to consider your tooth replacement options, a root canal can simply go inside the tooth to remove the infected tissue and protect the tooth from irreparable damage.
What happens during a root canal?
Here are the steps you can expect when you come into our Venice, FL dental office for treatment:
- Anesthesia: Before we begin, we will numb the area surrounding the infected tooth to make sure that you feel absolutely no pain or discomfort during your procedure. Once the anesthesia has taken effect then we will begin your root canal.
- Treating the tooth: Now we will drill through the hard, outer layers of the tooth until we reach the soft, inner layers where the infected pulp is. Once inside we will use special tools to remove the diseased tissue and to disinfect all the dental pathways (or canals).
- Antibiotics: Once we have removed the pulp in some cases we may apply an antibiotic to the area to make sure that the infection is fully treated and won’t return. Oral antibiotics may also be prescribed instead.
- Building up the tooth: Now we will begin to rebuild the tooth from the inside out. By sealing the dental canals we can prevent further infection or damage from happening to the tooth. Then we will place a temporary dental crown over the tooth while your permanent crown is being made.
Why do I need a dental crown?
Most of the time a dental crown will need to be placed over a tooth that has been treated with a root canal. This dental crown provides an additional layer of protection for the hollowed out tooth so that further damage doesn’t befall it.
If you are dealing with dental pain, tenderness or swelling it’s time you turned to your Venice, FL dentist for treatment. Dental pain is often the first sign of an issue. Call our office today if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.