A root canal is a procedure by which an infected tooth can be saved from needing to be extracted. The root canal is the area under the tooth where the nervous system and tooth pulp are connected to intricate tissues below the tooth. In the case of an infected tooth, if the tissues are not treated correctly they can abscess, leading to the need of an extraction and potential complications to the surrounding teeth. A root canal procedure removes the infected pulp and tissue from inside the tooth and seals the remaining space so that you are no longer at risk for complications.
A root canal is performed by a general dentist or an endodontist depending on the severity of the infection and potential complications presented by the procedure. The root canal itself involves the removal of diseased tissue and dead nerve endings. For your comfort during the procedure your dentist may numb the area around the tooth. Before the procedure is scheduled, your dentist will take an x-ray of the tooth and surrounding bone to make sure the infection has not permeated the bone itself, and to see if there are any complications to the procedure due to the shape of the root of the tooth. In the case of an abnormally shaped tooth root or other issues, such as a secondary infection site, your dentist may recommend scheduling a secondary consultation appointment with an endodontist in the area. In most cases, a root canal is a standard procedure that does not require any additional anesthetic or preparations, but proper communication with your dental team is key to ensuring the success of the treatment itself.
During the actual procedure, after the application of a localized anesthetic, the targeted tooth or teeth will be sealed off by a rubber dam to ensure that no saliva interferes with the treatment. Any additional saliva or cleaning solutions will be drained off by the usual dental suction equipment to provide a clean working space for the dental surgeon and to ensure your comfort during the procedure. In order to cleanly access the pulp of the tooth, a small access hole is drilled into the surface and a root canal file is inserted through the access point. Since it is crucial to remove all dental tissues, root canal files gradually expand to allow for more precise removal of the pulp, to make sure that no bacteria or infected tissue remains in the root canal to pose more severe issues later on. During the procedure, any infected tissue is flushed out gradually using a saline cleaning fluid to act as a disinfectant. If for some reason it takes more than one appointment to complete the root canal, such as cases of intense infection or complicated root canal structure, your dentist will provide a temporary filling to the access point to make sure no food or saliva makes it into the root canal itself between appointments. In some cases, medication is placed in the root canal area to help treat a more severe infection between procedural appointments, but in many cases the root canal is a one appointment procedure.
Once all of the internal tissues have been removed, and the infection has been cleaned out, your dentist will fill the inside of your tooth with a form of dental sealant and a special dental rubber called gutta percha to ensure that the original tooth maintains its strength and to prevent any future infections from occurring within the tooth. With the advancement of dental treatment technology, you don’t have to worry about unsightly metal fillings. The filling materials are usually custom matched to the color of your original tooth’s enamel, and once finished can be nearly indistinguishable from the original surface of your tooth. If your tooth requires any further restoration, your dentist will discuss the best options for future treatments, such as crowns and additional fillings after the procedure. For the most case, once a root canal is fully completed you can go back to your normal dental routine. While the treated tooth may be tender due to tissue inflammation, over the counter pain medications can help reduce the discomfort until your mouth returns to normal. Your tooth can be cleaned the same way as you would any other tooth for dental hygiene upkeep, and using an antibacterial mouthwash can help reduce the risk of future infection. While root canals have a reputation for being a painful procedure, in most cases they are no more uncomfortable than getting a filling placed, and the application of a localized anesthetic can help reduce the overall discomfort during the treatment itself.
If you think you may be in need of a root canal, or any other dental treatment, contact Jackson Family Dentistry in Jackson, WI. We’d be happy to answer any questions and concerns you may have, and with a team of well trained and helpful dental staff we’d be more than willing to help point you in the right direction for treatment.
Our Dentist Office in Jackson Wisconsin, provides full dental care to clients throughout Okaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties, including the cities of Cedarburg, Colgate, Germantown, Grafton, Hartford, Hubertus, Jackson, Kewaskum, Menomonee Falls, Mequon, Newburg, Richfield, Saukville, Slinger, Thiensville, West Bend, and the surrounding cities.
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✔ LASER DENTISTRY
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✔ DIGITAL X-RAYS
✔ CROWNS / BRIDGES
✔ DENTURES / PARTIALS
✔ INTRA ORAL IMAGING
✔ PEDIATRIC CARE-SEALANTS
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Jackson, WI 53037