Endodontists - Root Canal Treatment
The core of the tooth has a hollow space filled with nerves, lymph and blood vessels that provide nutrition to the tooth and sometimes repair the dentin layer from inside the tooth. It is called the pulp of the tooth. When the pulp gets irreversibly damaged or infected, it can cause pain and further destruction to the tooth and surrounding tissues. The inflammation of the pulp is called pulpitis.
To prevent the tooth from extraction root canal treatment can be done. It involves your Glendale dentist to open the pulp chamber of the tooth, cleaning the chamber and root canals from inflamed tissue, disinfecting the area, and sealing the canals with special root canal sealer.
Root canal treatment (RCT) is an attempt to save the tooth
There are different instruments, sealers, and methods for root canal treatment. Different dentists have different preferred methods and materials. Our Glendale dentist at CyberDent prefers to use instruments that can predictably clean and shape all possible sizes and shapes of canals, medications that can ensure complete disinfection, and biocompatible sealing materials and method that insure perfect seal of the canal to prevent further bacterial leakage as well as to prevent the tooth from later discoloration.
After the root canal procedure, the tooth is weakened, and it is recommended to cover it with a crown.
Normally root canal treatment is done under local anesthetics. The procedure is painless and lasts around 1 hour depending on how many canals a tooth has. For dental phobic patients, IV sedation can be utilized. Following the root canal procedure, the tooth may be slightly tender or sore to the touch. We prescribe pain medication to take care of that discomfort which usually lasts about a week.
The alternative to root canal treatment is the extraction of the tooth.
If the root canal treatment is not performed to the tooth with irreversible pulp damage, the pulp of the tooth dies and becomes infected. The infection then spreads to the surrounding bone through the small openings (apexes) on the tips of the tooth roots. It can cause more serious problems in which case the only treatment would be to extract the tooth.
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