Root canal therapy is an endodontic procedure that removes the pulp in the center of your tooth chamber, known as the root canal, if it becomes severely decayed or infected. While your tooth pulp contains nerves and blood vessels, you no longer need it once your tooth reaches its full maturity.
Another term for a root canal is a pulpectomy, because the treatment involves removing the inner pulp of your tooth to eliminate the infection and keep it from spreading.
A tooth infection can lead to an abscessed tooth if it’s left untreated. This painful pus-filled pocket forms at the end of the roots of the tooth, leading to severe pain and discomfort. To avoid the abscess getting larger or bursting, look out for the following warning signs of a tooth infection:
If you experience a sudden rush of foul-tasting fluid, you should contact Dr. Rastegari right away. This is a telltale sign of a burst abscess and must be treated as soon as possible.
While the tooth pulp contains blood vessels and nerves, it’s no longer needed once your teeth reach maturity. The goal of a root canal is to remove this pulp and clean out the entire chamber to eliminate the infection and prevent it from spreading.
After numbing your tooth with local anesthesia, Dr. Rastegari creates a small access hole in the tooth. Then she uses small dental instruments to remove the pulp and clean out any leftover bacteria and debris.
Once the chamber is fully cleaned and disinfected, Dr. Rastegari fills it with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. Finally, she seals the tooth and seals up the access hole.
Most of the time Dr. Rastegari places a dental crown over the top to protect and seal the entire visible portion of the tooth.
For more information, call Dr. Rastegari at Caspian Dental Center or schedule an appointment online.