Often, dental decay does not cause any pain and can be restored through regular dental fillings. But, if you experience constant, gnawing pain, then you require something more than dental fillings. Root canal therapy is the solution to all the painful symptoms that have been negatively impacting your routine life.
The East Charlotte general dentist and their team have been mastering root canal therapies for decades that can successfully eliminate infection and restore your tooth structure.
Understanding root canal therapy
Root canal therapy is a common endodontic procedure that allows dentists to restore a severely infected or inflamed tooth that involves the pulp. The pulp is the innermost part of your tooth that consists of nerves and blood vessels and provides nutrition to the tooth. Any infection that has spread to the pulp cannot be restored through regular dental fillings and thus may require extensive procedures like RCT.
Indications for root canal therapy
Root canal therapy is often recommended if the infection spreads to the pulp, causing the following symptoms:
- Sudden onset of tooth pain that does not go away easily
- Increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Swollen, inflamed, and bleeding gums
- Dental abscess with or without pus discharge
- Visibly swollen jaw
- Tooth discoloration (appear bluish in color)
- Pain when pressure is applied (while biting or chewing)
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- Loose tooth
The root canal therapy procedure explained
The prime focus of root canal therapy is eliminating pain and infection. This procedure involves the following:
Evaluating the tooth
- There will be a detailed evaluation of your oral cavity through a physical exam and dental X-ray to assess to what extent the infection has spread.
- The root morphology will be assessed to plan the root canal procedure.
Eliminating pain and infection
- After evaluating the affected tooth, your dentist will use rotary instruments to remove the infected tissue.
- The root canal(s) are thoroughly cleaned, disinfected, and filled with a biocompatible material known as gutta-percha.
- Your dentist will finally seal the tooth crown with a temporary filling.
Restoring the tooth with maximum tooth preparation
- Once the treated tooth heals, accurate oral impressions will be recorded to fabricate a suitable crown or bridge.
- You can opt for either metal, ceramic, or porcelain restorations according to your preference.
Severe tooth pain and persistent discomfort can be distressing, impairing your routine life. Thankfully, root canal therapy can help eliminate infection and painful symptoms. This can greatly improve your quality of life.