Root canal treatment can be an intimidating prospect. At Luker Dental, we are here to help you understand the why behind the procedure. We will be as supportive as possible to you throughout the whole process.
If you are needing a root canal, it is likely that you are experiencing a lot of pain or discomfort. A root canal is usually the only way to save your tooth from extraction.
Tooth pulp is soft tissue at the center of the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerve endings. The two outer layers of the tooth, dentin and enamel, protect the inside of the tooth. The most common way for the pulp to become infected is through a cavity, crack, or chip in the tooth. Once this happens, a root canal procedure can clean out the infection and allow you to keep the tooth.
Despite any common misconceptions, a root canal does not kill the tooth. The part drilled and removed is the pulp. Adult teeth do not need the pulp since they are grown. In adult teeth, the blood vessels in the gums provide nourishment. The tooth is then capped with a crown to strengthen it.
Getting a Root Canal Procedure from Luker Dental
In a root canal, Dr. Luker removes the tooth’s pulp by drilling into the tooth. Before drilling, Dr. Luker uses local anesthetics around the tooth to reduce pain. Most people who get root canals experience little or no pain whatsoever.
The average root canal takes no longer than an hour per tooth. As we go through the procedure, we will describe each step as it takes place. You may experience some pressure, but you should experience no pain. You can raise your hand at any time if you feel discomfort, and we will stop and help support you.
Temporary and Permanent Crowns
The last step in a root canal treatment is putting on a crown. The crown helps support and strengthen the tooth. This is especially is true in the back molars. It is custom shaped to look and feel like the original tooth. Your dentist will attach the crown with a special dental glue or cement. It takes a few days to get used to the crown, but after that, it should feel like any other tooth.
Your dentist will usually put a temporary crown before the perment one is ready. This temporary crown will not be as strong as the permanent crown. It is important to be careful with brushing, flossing, and eating. Your dentist will provide you with specific guidance on how to protect a temporary crown.
Your crown can last many years, even a lifetime, if you take good care of your teeth and gums. It is possible that a tooth that has had root canal treatment will need re-treatment. Like the original root canal, this procedure is not painful. This is because there is no nerve endings. Yet, brushing and flossing daily and regular exams can reduce the chances of problems.
If you have dental decay, come visit Dr. Luker for an exam. He can help you decide if a root canal is right for you. For more information or to visit our office, call Luker Dental, today!