Root Canal Treatment
There are many reasons why you might experience a toothache, from suffering a trauma or accident to other dental problems such as cavities, infections, and tooth decay. A root canal treatment is an endodontic procedure commonly used to treat and save teeth from infection and decay. The outside layer of a tooth is made up of dentin and enamel, which protect the inside of the tooth which is known as the pulp. This pulp is made up of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue and when it becomes infected, a root canal treatment will be necessary to save your smile and alleviate the pain. If left untreated the infection can spread, and the tooth and jawbone can be compromised, and a tooth extraction might be the only solution.
Contrary to popular belief, root canal treatments are virtually painless and can take one or two appointments to complete, depending on each patient’s situation. Dr. Devack knows how important your smile is to you and can act quickly to alleviate your pain and save your tooth. Sedation options are available for patients that might experience anxiety during this type of procedure.
What is a Root Canal?
Root Canal Routine Procedure Walkthrough
What are the symptoms?
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods/drinks
- No symptoms
How does a root canal treatment work?
1. Dr. Devack will examine and take X-rays of your mouth to identify which tooth has become infected and if other areas have been compromised by the infection.
2. Local anesthesia is applied and the tooth isolated with a “dental dam”.
3. Dr. Devack then drills a small hole in the crown of the tooth to access the infected pulp.
4. The infected pulp is removed and the tooth is thoroughly cleaned.
5. The tooth is then filled with “gutta-percha” and a crown put on the tooth to protect it.
Good oral hygiene is crucial for the success of the root canal treatment and to stop bacteria from resurfacing or infecting other teeth.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with a tooth infection, contact our office at (954) 715-1522 to schedule a consult with Dr. Devack to see if a root canal treatment is the best solution for you!