Have you been suffering from toothache? Do you experience tooth sensitivity when you eat hot or cold foods? It is important that you visit our dentist at the earliest since you may be suffering from tooth decay. Untreated tooth decay can spread the infection to the root of the tooth, to the supporting structure and to the nearby teeth. It can ultimately lead to the loss of tooth. Root canal is a treatment performed to save the natural tooth from the infection. It relieves you from pain and ensures that the infected pulp is taken out. Call us to make an appointment. Our root canal treatment procedure in Bend, OR helps you safeguard your teeth and improves your quality of life.
Toothache and Root Canal
Pain is an indicator from the body which says something is wrong. Toothache, tooth sensitivity and discoloration of tooth are some of the common indications that the pulp of the tooth may be inflamed or infected. This can occur in various occasions. Some of them are listed below.
- Deep crack in the tooth caused from an injury
- Deep cavity
- A tooth which is repeatedly restored
- A tooth which is broken into two halves
In the above cases the bacteria in the oral cavity can get access to the pulp of the tooth causing inflammation or infection of the pulp. The patient senses pain when the pulp gets inflamed or infected. If not treated in time, the infection can spread causing more pain. Root canal treatment involves removal of the pulp of the tooth to ensure that the infection does not spread to the supporting structure. The treatment protects the tooth from falling out.
Who has to Undergo Root Canal Treatment?
Pain is one of the most common signs which may indicate that the pulp is infected. Swelling, pus formation and discoloration are other symptoms. Our dentist performs a comprehensive dental exam to check the status of the tooth. X-rays may be required in some cases to confirm if the pulp is infected or not. The pulp which contains nerves and blood vessels is removed when we find out that it is infected and retaining it can spread the infection.
Root Canal Treatment Process
Once our dentist identifies that the pulp is infected and it has to be removed, a treatment plan is set to take out the infected portion of the tooth. The tooth is numbed using local anesthesia. The tooth is isolated from surrounding teeth and dental drills are used to create an opening. The infected pulp is carefully removed and the root canal is cleaned using a dental file. The remaining bacteria are killed with anti-bacterial agents. The root canal is then sealed and dental filling material is used to fill the tooth. The tooth is reduced in size and a dental crown is placed over it to protect the weak tooth from further damage.
Most Frequently Asked Questions
Root canal treatment is a treatment of endodontics, where an infected root of a teeth is treated. Root infection is due to a decay of the teeth or any physical damage to the teeth. If the root is completely destroyed, then it has to be removed to from the teeth. If not it may lead to teeth loss.
No. Local anaesthesia will be given to numb the area of the teeth. Even though the treatment is done on your infected teeth to treat the damaged nerve, you won't feel any pain or sense of treatment. Our endodontist Dr Anderson will give the best root canal treatment.
If you are in need of root canal treatment and if you are not free on the weekdays, then you to make a prior appointment for weekends. Only on selected Saturdays, we operate based on appointments.
Root canal treatment is the only option to restore your damaged teeth to its function. Here are the tips to follow:
- It is recommended not to eat any hot or cold until the numbness in your mouth wears off. This will prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue
- Do not use your treated tooth to chew or eat food until it is restored
- Continue your daily routine of brushing and flossing
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