Root canal treatment is for treating and conserving teeth with badly infected roots.
The live portion of the tooth that extends into the root and contains nerve endings and tissues is called the pulp.
Sometimes the pulp becomes infected which left untreated results in pain, swelling and even total tooth loss.
Root canals eliminate the infected parts of the tooth. Sometimes an antibiotic is prescribed to help prevent additional infection within and around the tooth. After a root canal, the tooth that remains will be restored with a cap or a tooth coloured filling that provides a natural appearance and strength.
Modern root canal therapy is usually a painless procedure because of advancements in modern dentistry. Only a few years ago the procedure sometimes hurt but now it’s just the same as getting a regular filling.
When completed, a restored tooth that has had a root canal will look the same as the other teeth. More than 90% root canal procedures are successful, and last many years.
If decay or damage has allowed bacteria to infect the pulp inside of your tooth, a root canal will probably be the right treatment for you, especially if you have swelling and the tooth hurts. First, Dr. Miskin will apply a local anesthetic and then once your tooth is numb we remove the diseased portion of the pulp and treat the bacterial infection. The tooth will then be sealed and filled before we do the final restoration
Sometimes the tooth may become inflamed after a root canal and may cause sensitivity for the first few days following treatment. Normal brushing and flossing habits can be resumed immediately after treatment.
For more information about root canals check out the educational videos below and schedule a dental exam and consultation with Dr. Miskin.
Root Canal Diagnosis - http://youtu.be/T2Gws_21fds
Root Canals - http://youtu.be/YNKYVLABh7Q
Root Planing - http://youtu.be/T1S9uBEdeTE