Why do most people need a root canal?
Once a tooth becomes infected, that infection can then spread into the center of the tooth. This area is known as the dental pulp. Inside of the dental pulp is the connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. Here all of the sensitive areas of the tooth are contained. As such, when the area becomes infected it can be incredibly painful and requires immediate treatment. We can perform a root canal quickly on people living around the Dublin area.
How does the treatment work?
A root canal endodontic procedure is when a small hole is created in the tooth so that all of the infected areas can be removed. The dental pulp is removed during the procedure and oftentimes so are the roots. You only need your tooth roots in place to feel sensations like hot and cold and also for the tooth to grow in. Once the tooth has fully matured, removing the roots will not directly harm the tooth. However, it can prevent the further spread of infection so when it is necessary to remove the roots we quickly do so. Once finished, we will thoroughly clean the area to ensure that the infection is removed. We will usually prescribe antibiotics as well. This process will ensure that any lingering infection is eliminated.
In order to complete the root canal treatment, we will seal up the area and hole where the dental pulp used to be. This process is typically done with something called gutta-percha. Gutta-percha is a rubber-like substance that can help to stabilize the tooth now that a portion is missing. Here at Sharma Dental Center, we will then use a crown or filling in order to protect and further strengthen the damaged tooth. Both crowns and fillings can now be created in a tooth-color. This means that regardless of where your infected tooth is located, a crown can be used. The crown will blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. Our patients throughout the Dublin area greatly appreciate how natural their tooth looks once the procedure is complete.
Why should I have a root canal endodontics treatment?
If you live in the Dublin, CA area you should schedule an appointment with Sharma Dental Center to discuss any problems that you may be having, the health of your teeth, and what should be done to heal and protect the tooth. If it appears that a root canal is the best option for you, we will make this recommendation. If a root canal is not the best option we will present an alternative treatment solution that will solve your health issue. Overall, a root canal endodontics treatment is extremely effective for restoring damaged teeth by removing any infection that may be there. This standalone treatment makes it possible for millions of teeth to be saved on an annual basis. Once it is completed; drinking and eating becomes easy again.
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What about discomfort?
In order to ensure patients feel comfortable during their root canal endodontics procedure we offer sedation dentistry. We have a variety of ways that we can eliminate both anxiety and discomfort during a root canal. Whether a patient needs medication to numb the specific area that is being worked on or to take something ahead of time to relax, we can provide painless dentistry and help patients enjoy their dental treatment procedure.
What are the advantages of this procedure?
In the past, many people would need to have their teeth pulled if dental pulp became inflamed or if the teeth became infected. Now, those same teeth can be restored by performing a root canal. This is a much better option because it keeps the natural tooth implemented in place. This is important for the ultimate shape of the face because as teeth fall out the muscles in the face can begin to sag. While this phenomenon is not particularly common with the loss of one tooth, it is common when several become infected and fall out. By saving and treating an infected tooth, we are helping to preserve our patients’ facial structure.
Another benefit of the procedure is that once the root canal has been completed, and the crown or filling is in place; it is possible to eat like normal and without restrictions. Once the infection is removed, and the tooth is strengthened, the tooth will behave like it used to. That makes it possible to chew, bite down with normal force, and maintain normal activities without worrying about the tooth. This helps patients throughout the Dublin area get back to return to their busy schedules.
A restored tooth will look completely natural if a tooth-colored filling or crown is used to restore it. In fact, crowns can be created in the exact shade or color of the surrounding teeth so that it blends in perfectly. In this way no one will know that you ever had a procedure completed in the first place. In fact, if you had a root canal done previously, you may want to have the crown or filling around it replaced with today’s version for an improved appearance.
Alternatively, if you don’t have a root canal endodontics procedure completed, the infected tooth will likely need to be pulled by a dental professional. This aspect is essential for preventing the spread of the infection. Once the tooth is fully removed it will need to be replaced. The options for doing so involve getting a dental bridge, wearing a denture, or having dental implants installed. All of these are viable solutions but take additional time, and the recovery period is longer since the procedures take several steps. Therefore, one possible solution is for us to attempt to restore and save your tooth by performing a root canal endodontics procedure. To learn more about this option call us at Sharma Dental Center at (925) 833-6200 and schedule an appointment today.