Root canals are used to remove and replace infected, damaged, or diseased tissue inside of your teeth. Millions of people each year have their teeth saved by a root canal. You may be experiencing pain from an infected or damaged tooth and if left untreated an abscess may form and have to be removed with surgery. The goal of a root canal is to save the tooth and remove the diseased tissue and the inflamed nerve.
How the Procedure is Performed
Under the white enamel and hard dentin layer is the soft tissue known as the pulp. The pulp contains nerves, connective tissues, and blood vessels. During formative years the pulp helps the tooth root to grow. A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp because it gets nourishment form surrounding tissues. It is the pulp which is removed during a root canal.
First you are made comfortable and when you are ready Dr. Buckingham takes x-rays and examines the tooth. A local anesthetic is administered and once it takes affect Dr. Buckingham will remove the inner tissue and nerve, clean the area, and then fill it with a material called gutta-percha. This is a rubber-like material used to seal the inside of the tooth and prevent further infection or damage. The procedure is very similar to having a cavity filled. A temporary crown is placed on the tooth and after the area is given a chance to heal you will return to have your permanent crown placed on your tooth.
Benefits of a Root Canal
Once the root canal is completed a crown is placed over the tooth to strengthen and beautify it. The tooth is now stronger and healthier than before the root canal was performed. The benefits of a root canal include more effective chewing, a natural biting sensation, improved cosmetic appearance, and the new crown protects the tooth from future fractures.
Although you may be nervous about the pain associated with a root canal, modern dental practices diminish pain and soothe you during the procedure. Once the root canal is finished you will no longer be in pain, and have a natural looking healthier tooth.
Call or contact us today if you have any questions about root canal therapy. At Buckingham Dental we care about your oral health, and your comfort is our number one priority. We serve the greater Austin area and look forward to hearing from you very soon!