If you have serious oral pain that appears to be originating with a tooth that just won’t go away, you may have a severely inflamed or infected tooth. This can be a serious dental emergency. If the pain is originating from a tooth and you don’t get treatment in time, your tooth can further deteriorate and may ultimately die. At Research Triangle Dental, we have doctors with decades of experience providing root canal treatment (endodontic treatment), and we can very often save your tooth with root canal therapy. Learn more below or call now to schedule your consultation.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is a type of treatment used to save a terminally inflamed or infected tooth. When your tooth’s outer layers of enamel and dentin are damaged due to tooth decay or a physical injury, the underlying vital (live) pulp may be traumatized and/or exposed to oral bacteria. The pulp is filled with nerves and blood vessels, and it’s what keeps your tooth alive. Once the pulp becomes attacked by bacteria or physical damage, it will start to deteriorate, and eventually, if unattended, after a period of increasing pain the pulp will eventually die.
A root canal is the best way to save an irreversibly inflamed or infected tooth. Treatment involves opening up the tooth, extracting damaged or dead pulp tissue and toxic materials, medicating the internal walls of the interior of the tooth (pulp chamber and root canal(s), and filling the root canal and pulp chamber with an inert substance. Then, the tooth is covered up with a filling or a crown to restore physical strength to protect it from further damage.
What Can I Expect From The Procedure?
The entire procedure usually takes about an hour, but may be slightly longer. First, you will be asked to rinse with a antibacterial mouth rinse to reduce chances of introduction of additional bacteria into the tooth during the procedure. The area of the tooth will be numbed to prevent any discomfort. If you are very anxious about having dental treatment rendered you may choose to be premedicated with a sedative agent (oral or intravenous medication) that will ensure a comfortable experience. Next, your tooth will be isolated with a protective rubber dental dam to maintain a clean environment for the root canal treatment.
Your dentist will use a dental handpiece (drill) to remove any decayed, damaged, or undermined tooth material, while creating a small opening in your tooth to access the root canal(s). Delicate and very precise dental instruments will be used to remove debris and thoroughly clean the canal(s).
After this, they will irrigate the root canal(s) with a disinfectant and place a rubber-like inert material in the canal(s) (gut percha) to seal and protect the root canal(s) from further bacterial infestation. Then comes the filing or a crown to regain beauty and strength.
Do Root Canals Hurt?
When your tooth is well numbed root canal treatment is pretty much indistinguishable from having any other tooth treatment, such as having a cavity filled. As indicated previously both oral and IV sedation can be administered to eliminate the anxiety that some people tend to experience when contemplation dental treatment. So, you should not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure, and while your tooth may feel a bit tender and sensitive for a few days afterward, it is uncommon to experience any major postoperative discomfort. In some cases where infection in a tooth has traveled from the root canal into the surrounding jaw bone, antibiotics will be given to ensure that such infection will subside in a short while after root canal treatment.
Contact Us Now For Root Canal Treatment In Durham!
If you are living or working in Durham or anywhere near Research Triangle Park and are experiencing a severe toothache or notice swelling next to a tooth, get to a dentist right away to determine the cause of the pain and/or swelling. Play it safe and take care of (or prevent) a serious dental emergency! So, don’t wait. With timely intervention most likely employing root canal therapy, our team will more than likely save your tooth and restore your smile. Give us a call now at (919) 335-8458, or contact us now online if you have additional questions, and remember you will be in very experienced hands – seven days a week!