Root canal treatment is used to save teeth which would otherwise need to be removed. It is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (which is a soft tissue inside a canal in the center of the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
There are several symptoms of a root canal. These things should signal an appointment with your dentist:
- Severe toothache
- Pain while eating or chewing
- Sensitivity to temperatures (either hot or cold)
- Tooth discoloration
- Swelling of neighboring gums
To begin, the dentist provides an anesthetic for the tooth and creates an opening in the crown to the pulp chamber. For the treatment, the diseased or damaged pulp is taken out and the dentist will clean and enlarge the canals, which are then filled with a replacement and sealed. Often, a crown might be needed to further restore and protect the tooth.
Dr. Shabana Zahir is dedicated to providing compassionate, pain-free dental care. Dr. Zahir uses the most effective and advanced techniques in order to perform a root canal in just one appointment. These techniques ensure that with the anaesthetic, there is no pain during the procedure, and very little discomfort after the completion of the root canal. If you believe you are in need of a root canal or want to find out more about the procedure, please set up an appointment with us today by calling 757-962-7000.