How to Save a Tooth with Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is not always necessary to restore a seriously damaged or infected tooth. Yet, when it is called for, hesitation could mean the difference between restoring your tooth and needing to extract it. The procedure involves carefully, but thoroughly, cleaning the interior of your tooth (called the pulp) and the root canal(s) connected to it. Teeth roots extend into the jawbone, which feeds your teeth nutrients through the root canals. If a tooth’s pulp becomes exposed to infection, then root canal treatment might be the best option for halting the infection and saving what remains of your healthy tooth structure.
Why and How We Treat Root Canals
Tooth infection, or decay, causes a cavity to form as it progresses through your tooth. Treated early, the cavity can often be stopped, and the tooth restored, by cleaning away the bacteria and infection, then placing a composite resin filling in the hole. However, if the decay reaches the tooth’s pulp, or if your tooth is cracked, fractured, or damaged enough to expose the pulp, a dental filling might not be enough to save it.
- To minimize discomfort, Dr. Crouch will administer local anesthesia to the tooth and surrounding area. In some cases, we may recommend nitrous oxide dental sedation to help you remain relaxed during the procedure, and we work closely with a trained anesthesiologist to ensure a comfortable, safe experience.
- When the anesthesia takes effect, Dr. Crouch will carefully clean and sanitize the tooth’s pulp, removing the diseased (and possibly dead) nerves and tissues.
- Crouch will also clean the root canals connected to the pulp, then seal the canals to fortify them and prevent bacteria from entering them in the future.
- To strengthen the tooth structure after the root canal treatment, Dr. Crouch will fill the tooth with white composite resin, and then place a dental crown over the tooth to complete the restoration.