What is a Root Canal?

Root Canals – Denham Springs, LA 

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with specially medicated dental materials which restore the tooth to its full function. Many patients are misunderstood when it comes to root canals. A root canal is a fairly simple process in order to save a tooth rather than the alternative, which is an extraction. In rare occasions a tooth can re-abscess (become infected again) and a retreat will have to be done in order to save the tooth and clear infection.

Signs and Symptoms of Root Canals

An abscess on the gums

Sensitivity to hot and cold

Severe toothache pain

Swelling and/or tenderness

Sometimes no symptoms are present

Reasons for Root Canal Therapy

Decay has reached the tooth pulp (living tissue inside the tooth)

Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip

Injury or trauma to the tooth

How We Do It.

An access opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening. One at a time, we remove the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments. Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed. Some teeth that have root canal treatment should have a crown placed. This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking and restore its full function. After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed. In a rare case when a retreat is needed, the same steps are used. An access hole is made through the crown and each canal is cleaned out thoroughly. Once the root canal is complete, the access hole is filled to match the shade of the crown.

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