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Root Canals, When Is it Necessary and Why?

Root Canals, When Is it Necessary and Why? | Pasadena CA

When considering the endodontic treatment, it is important to understand information to make an informed decision. Root canal therapy consists in the debridement of infected or damaged nerve (pulp) tissue and blood vessels located on the internal surface of the tooth. The process is done to save the tooth, relieve any pain associated with the infection, and prevent further bone loss in the area of the infected tooth. When endodontic treatment endeavors, the root canals in the tooth are disinfected and shaped with small instruments. Following cleaning and shaping, the tooth is sealed to prevent any further infection and also bring the tooth back on the pathway to health. After root canal treatment is complete, a filling type material (build-up) is placed in the top of the tooth to aid in restoring the structure of the tooth. In conjunction with the fillings, it's recommended a crown (cap) is placed to protect and restore the tooth to full form and function.

To understand what signs indicate root canal therapy is needed. Indications that you may need a root canal include spontaneous pain, heightened and prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold. Gum tissue swelling and drainage the area of the infected tooth, and tenderness to chew or pressure within the area of the tooth in question. However, it is also possible to have a tooth needing root canal treatment without having any symptoms. In these cases, the diagnosis will prefer a dental x-ray. Multiple causes may elicit the above symptoms. These causes include: deep decay (cavity), repeated dental treatment on a single tooth, a cracked tooth, or trauma to a tooth caused by impact.

After taking a formal decision has been made to complete a root canal, it is helpful to know what to expect for your visit to your nearest dentist in Pasadena. At the beginning of the appointment, the dentist will administer a small amount of local anesthetic to make sure that the tooth they are working on is completely numb during the treatment. Following this, a barrier called a dental dam is placed to isolate the tooth from the rest of the mouth to keep it free of saliva during the length of the procedure. The Endodontist in Pasadena will now make an opening in the top of the tooth and use instruments to clean the root canals. When the root canal spaces are cleaned and disinfected, the dental material will be used to fill the areas by our endodontist. This material is typically gutta-percha, a rubber-like material. The gutta-percha is overwhelmed with cement that completely seals the canal spaces of the tooth. After the canal therapy places sealed with the filling material (build-up) will be placed in the top of the tooth to restore the area used to access the canal spaces. The dentist will now remove the dental dam, and the endodontic treatment is complete. The further actions or fabrication of a crown (cap) can usually do started at this same dental visit. Once done with the temporary crown, it would be managed to cover the tooth while the dental crown does fabricate in the laboratory. After the crown fabricated, the patient will return to have the temporary crown removed and have the permanent crown inserted. Once crown placed over the tooth full function, and regular care and cleaning will be all that is needed.

At Cal Dental Group of Pasadena, we provide Root Canals Treatment in Pasadena. Schedule an appointment and visit our Dental Office in Pasadena by calling us at (626) 584-1800.