Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is a dental procedure that involves the removal of infection from the inside of a tooth. The nerves of a tooth and pulp may be inflamed, irritated, or infected by bacteria as a result of decay, a crack in the tooth, repeated dental procedures, or trauma to the face.
Root canal treatment is aimed at protecting the tooth from infections. The dentists and staff at Cypress Family Dental are experienced in root canal treatment and related procedures and are here to serve you and restore your oral health.
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is the hollow part of a tooth that contains blood vessels, nerve tissue, and the pulp. The crown of a tooth is the area below the root and above the gum line. Within the crown and the root, the pulp ensures that a tooth receives the right amount of nutrients. The nerves in the pulp are responsible for sensing hot or cold temperatures as well as pain.
Root Canal Process
Step 1: Cleaning the root canal
After administering a local anesthetic, the dentist removes anything within the root canal via a small hole drilled in the tooth. Small files are used to remove the dead pulp tissue.
Step 2: Filling the root canal
Once the root canal is cleaned thoroughly, the dentist shapes, cleans, and disinfects the area using specialized equipment before filling the area with a sponge-like material. Adhesive cement is used to seal the root canal. After the root canal procedure, the tooth has no nerve tissue, which means the patient will no longer experience pain within the tooth.
Step 3: Filling and adding a crown
A root canal leaves the treated tooth in a fragile state because there is no pulp to deliver nutrients to the tooth. A dental crown is required to provide protection to the tooth. Prior to receiving a permanent crown on the tooth, a patient must avoid biting or chewing directly on the tooth. After the permanent crown is installed, the patient can resume their normal habits.
Call Cypress Family Dental for Your Root Canal Treatment
It is important to care for your teeth and when a tooth requires a root canal, it is important to address the issue as soon as possible so that the tooth can be saved and any pain you feel can be relieved. If you need a root canal, call our office today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to restoring your smile and welcoming you to the family!