Root Canal Therapy
Las Vegas & Henderson NV
Root Canal Therapy Treatment is needed when decay has progressed into the nerve of the tooth. Root Canal Treatment involves removal of the nerve from the center of a tooth and the dentist then proceeds to seal the roots closed.
This can prevent the onset of a painful dental infection in the nerve that may spread into the bone and surrounding tissue. Root Canal Treatment can also treat an oral infection that has developed into a dental abscess.
Root canal therapy is an extremely successful dental procedure with a more than a 95% rate of success. Many teeth with a completed root canal can last a lifetime with no issues.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root Canal Therapy (also referred to as root canal treatment or endodontic treatment) is a dental procedure in which the diseased, decayed tooth, or damaged nerve of a tooth is removed and the inside areas (the nerve and canals within the roots) are cleaned, filled and sealed permanently to avoid infection.
Without treatment, the surrounding tissues of the tooth (including the gums and bone) will become infected and a dental abscess can form.
A tooth’s nerve and blood vessel provide nutrients and hydration to a tooth as well as sense of temperature. It provides the sensation of hot or cold. The absence of a nerve will affect the strength of a tooth and make it become more brittle and susceptible to fracture if not protected by a crown.
Root Canal Therapy
When Is Root Canal Therapy Needed?
A root canal is necessary when the nerve of a tooth develops inflammation or becomes infected.
This inflammation or dental infection can develop in a number of different ways:
–Tooth decay that enters into the area of the nerve or pulp chamber.
–Fracture or chip in the tooth that gives bacteria a pathway to spread into the nerve canal of the tooth.
–Traumatic injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to a dental abscess.
Most root canals are completed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulpal inflammation or dental infection.
With modern advancements in techniques and anesthetics, most patients state that they do not feel any pain once the procedure has begun. Usually most patients report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a routine dental restoration placed.
The misconception has developed because the majority of the pain stems from the dental infection and pulpal inflammation that has developed.
This can be tricky to get good anesthesia but a good dentist will be able to make you comfortable during the procedure.
As noted above, the pain from root canals in modern dentistry is mainly from the dental infection that presents to the dentist and the actual procedure should be pain and worry free.