Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy may be the least desired dental procedure, but it eliminates infection and allows a patient to save a tooth that would otherwise be lost. Our team at Woodland Family Dental, including Dr. S. Welton and Dr. D. Welton, want to remove the pain that infected pulp causes and restore your tooth back to functional health. Root canal therapy can do just that. This procedure is one of the most common dental procedures performed, just after cavity fillings. There are over 14 million root canal procedures performed every year. Though the procedure may bring a shudder, this simple treatment can save your natural tooth and prevent the need for larger procedures including the need for dental implants or bridges.
Root canal procedure
Severe tooth pain may be an indication of infected pulp. Your tooth is comprised of layer, the hard outer layer that you can see is your enamel. The most common dental disorder is decay to the enamel. This is easily removed and filled with filling material. When bacteria has gone below the enamel and hit the dentin, this is when the patient experiences pain. If this pain is ignored, then the bacteria has the time to reach the pulp. Infected pulp is very painful. We need to remove the infection; it can not heal on its own.
To remove the infected pulp, Dr. S. Welton or Dr. D. Welton will first gain access to the pulp going through the tooth. They will clear out the canal of the root, removing the pulp and the source of the infection along with it. The area will be cleansed. They will then fill the canal with a medicated rubber material. The pulp of your tooth was needed while your tooth was growing, but it is no longer needed once the tooth is fully grown. With the root now cleansed and filled, our dentist will then close up the tooth with filling material and place a customized crown over the tooth to provide additional strength.
How did the root of my tooth become infected?
There are many ways a root canal can become infected. This may be from:
Are root canals painful?
Root canal therapy is often misunderstood as being painful but it is the opposite, as we are releasing the pain that was already there. The pain associated with root canals comes from bacteria infecting the pulp which contains nerves, we remove the infection and the nerves that are present inside the tooth, releasing the pain. The procedure itself should not be painful, we offer our patients plenty of anesthetic to help with that!
For more information on root canal therapy and how we can restore your tooth that has been infected, contact our dentists, Sunnshine M. Welton DDS and David G. Welton DDS, at our Post Falls, ID 83854 office by contacting our front office at: (208) 254-4600
Recent Articles from Woodland's Blog:
Woodland Family Dental PC
1100 E Polston Avenue
Post Falls, ID 83854-6045
Phone: (208) 254-4600
Fax: (206) 777-1627