Non Surgical Root Canal
Every tooth in your mouth has a nerve without which the tooth cannot be functional. This nerve is called the “pulp”. This nerve is located deep inside the tooth and protected from alien elements by both the dentin and the inner enamel. Thus protected, the pulp remains healthy and enables the tooth to function normally.
However, there are certain factors that can damage and kill the pulp. These include; tooth decay, tooth trauma, and old age.
Once the pulp/nerve dies or sustains damage, the tooth may begin to ache unbearably causing great pain and discomfort. In such a case, a root-canal can help salvage and restore structure and function to an otherwise severely damaged tooth.
What Should I Expect?
The pulp material will be removed in order to prevent infections or to eliminate any active infection. This will eliminate any pain originating from the tooth and the patient can keep their teeth. A non-surgical root canal will require at least two or three visits to the dental office. This is because the infection must be completely eliminated before the permanent filling and crown are cemented. Once we remove infection, we move on to removing all the nerve tissues inside the tooth and seal the nerve canals. We then fill the cavity and cement the crown on another visit. Although there is a big misconception that a root canal is a very painful procedure, this is not true. With anesthesia, a non-surgical root canal can be simple and painless procedure. Perhaps, what causes most of the pain is the sensation the aching tooth creates.
If you have a cavity or have a toothache, make an appointment and come to Reese Dental at Lake County.
We will examine your tooth and determine whether a non-surgical root canal will be necessary or not. We believe that teeth should be permanent. As such, we strive to do everything possible to help our patients preserve their natural teeth.
Sometimes however, even a non-surgical root canal may not be enough to save a damaged tooth. If a tooth is beyond repair, the only solution will be to extract it.
If you would like more information about non-surgical root canals or any other dental issue, call us today at 817-500-5288. Feel free to ask any questions; we are always happy to be of help. Just reach us right here on our Contact Page.