A root canal is a dental procedure that is performed to treat infections in the inner parts of the tooth caused by cavities, tooth decay, or trauma on the tooth. The treatment helps to eliminate the pain caused by the infected and possibly decayed tooth pulp in the tooth’s core.
At Covington Signature Dentistry, the dentist facilitates root canal procedures to restore the tooth's natural strength and functionality.
What Is a Root Canal Treatment?
During a root canal treatment, the infected pulp is removed from the tooth’s root canal to keep the infection from spreading to the mouth or other teeth. The dentist then cleans, disinfects, and medicates the emptied area. The tooth is then sealed with fillings to prevent bacteria from entering.
Common Symptoms of Pulp Infection
There are various signs that indicate infection of the dental pulp. Here are a few:
- Extreme tooth or gum pain
- Discoloration of the infected tooth.
- Tooth sensitivity on consuming hot or cold food.
- Tenderness of the lymph nodes
- Discharge of pus from the tooth
Note that some may not experience any symptoms that signify cavities or infection. The dentist’s digital imaging system might be the only way to find the infection.
The Root Canal Procedure
The dentist first evaluates your dental condition and bone structure and then drafts a suitable treatment plan. The dentist then administers local anesthesia on the infected tooth. This numbs the area to be treated and prevents any discomfort.
A small hole is then drilled into the tooth to access the pulp. Using dental tools, the dentist then removes the infected pulp that contains nerves. The dentist then cleans the hole and fills it with biocompatible materials. A temporary filling is placed to close up the tooth. The patient can opt for a permanent restoration of the tooth by opting for dental crowns.
The dentist will prescribe painkillers to help reduce any discomfort, swelling, or soreness that could occur over the next few days. The patient must also take extra care while brushing the tooth and chewing food. Further instructions will be provided that aid in faster healing of the tooth.
Covington Signature Dentistry, located at 27121 174th Place SE, Suite 202, Covington, WA 98042, has expert dentists who can provide the best dental care. Call us at (253) 638-9955 and schedule a consultation to know more about root canal procedures and other dental care treatments.