A root canal is a restorative treatment that removes the soft tissue, called pulp, from the center of a damaged or decayed tooth. The pulp contains nerves and blood vessels that, when injured, can cause extreme pain and discomfort.
While the pulp is an essential component for healthy tooth development, it’s no longer necessary once your tooth reaches maturity.
To prevent infection or decay from damaging your tooth even further, a root canal removes the pulp and replaces it with a biocompatible material.
A root canal can save a tooth that’s in danger of requiring extraction. By eliminating the source of your pain now, a root canal prevents additional damage. Common signs of severe damage or tooth decay include:
If you notice a small, painful bump near your affected tooth, you may have a dental abscess. This pus-filled bump can be extremely painful if it ruptures. It may also spread potentially harmful bacteria throughout your mouth, which can invade your bloodstream.
When you arrive for your root canal at Smile Makeover, Dr. Siddiqui administers an anesthetic to keep you comfortable before creating a small access hole in the center of your tooth. Next, he uses special dental tools to extract the pulp.
Dr. Siddiqui must thoroughly clean your tooth chamber to eliminate any signs of decay or infection. Once the area is completely clear, he replaces the pulp with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. This material helps your tooth maintain its natural shape and strength.
Finally, Dr. Siddiqui closes the access hole in your tooth and places a filling to protect against bacteria.
For enhanced strength and protection, he may recommend placing a dental crown at a later date. Smile Makeover also offers same-day crowns. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that protect damaged teeth while restoring their shape, size, and color.
To learn more about root canal treatment, call Smile Makeover or schedule an appointment online today.