Root Canal Therapy
The root canal is the center of a tooth where its nerve is located. This part of your tooth can become infected or badly damaged as the result of an injury or severe tooth decay. When your tooth’s nerve is irritated, you may experience a severe toothache, sensitivity to hot and cold, and difficulty chewing. Root canal therapy is a procedure that is designed to save the tooth and protect it from further damage.
Reasons for Root Canal Therapy
You may need to have root canal therapy if you have a deep infection in your tooth. Decay that extends into the pulp is another common reason for getting this procedure. A tooth that is badly injured, chipped, or broken may also need to have root canal therapy to restore its structure.
How Root Canal Therapy Works
Your dentist begins root canal therapy by numbing your mouth. He or she uses a drill to access the inner chamber of the tooth where the nerve and pulp are located. Small dental tools are used to remove the pulp and nerve. The dentist then puts some medication and a sealant into the tooth’s canal. The access hole is sealed with dental cement. In most cases, a lot of the tooth’s structure has been damaged. You may need a restoration such as a crown to repair the tooth’s structure so that you can chew.
What to Expect After Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy takes one to three visits with your dentist to complete. Once your permanent crown is placed, you will be able to return to eating your usual diet. Until then, you should restrict your diet to soft foods.
Contact the office of Joshua Ignatowicz, DMD, today to learn more about root canal therapy.