The utmost aim of every dental care professional is to protect as much amount of natural tooth and soft tissues as possible. A tooth which is decayed or damaged is under the danger of falling out. The bacteria in the oral cavity cause infection of the pulp which is decayed or damaged. This infection puts the root of the tooth and other teeth in danger. The infection may spread to the root of the tooth and to the supporting bone. A root canal treatment is performed to avoid the spreading of infection. It is a simple procedure which is performed to prevent toothache and tooth loss. If you or any of your family members are suffering from tooth pain or sensitivity, make an appointment and meet our dentist. Dental care offered at our Eureka dental office can cure the dental problem and improve your oral health.
There are several occasion during which a root canal may be recommended. The treatment is suitable when the tooth is broken into two halves, when a decay is spread deep till the pulp, when there is a crack that is extending till the pulp or when the tooth has a had multiple restorations. To understand why it is necessary, one must know the anatomy of natural tooth.
Our tooth has three main layers which are the enamel, the dentin and the pulp. The pulp has blood vessels and nerves. The pulp supplies nutrition to the tooth until it is fully grown. Once a tooth is fully grown it can survive without a pulp. When there is crack or decay in tooth, the pulp of the tooth can be exposed to bacteria. The infection of the pulp can lead to toothache. If not treated, the infection spreads to the root of the tooth and can cause the tooth to fall out. The infection can spread to other parts of the oral cavity as well. Root canal treatment is necessary to protect tooth and prevent the infection from spreading.
Infection of pulp can cause toothache or tooth discoloration. Our dentist makes a note of signs and symptoms and takes X-rays to find out if the pulp is infected. On confirmation that a root canal must be performed to save the tooth, the patient is made aware of the procedure.
Root canal is performed with the help of local anesthesia. The tooth is numbed and an opening is made at the top using dental instruments. The infected pulp is removed and the canal is cleaned using a dental file. An anti-bacterial agent is used to kill any remaining bacteria in the canal. The canal is then sealed using suitable dental materials. Tooth fillings are used to fill the tooth. A dental crown is finally used to cover and protect the tooth that has undergone root canal treatment.
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