In days gone by, before many of the current advances in dental technology had been made, a tooth that had suffered damage or disease to the pulp would have been removed. Root canal therapy has changed that, and now many teeth that would have been lost in the past can be saved.
The pulp of your tooth contains that blood vessels and nerves that keep it healthy. However, the structure of your tooth can be maintained even if the pulp is removed. The pulp needs to be removed when a tooth becomes damaged through decay or an injury that allows bacteria to penetrate the tooth and infect the pulp. You may experience pain or swelling when a tooth is in need of a root canal.
To perform a root canal, the dentist will use a small drill to access the pulp of your tooth. The dentist will use a tool to extract the diseased pulp. Once the pulp has been removed, the dentist will clean the pulp chamber with a disinfectant to neutralize any remaining bacteria. Your dentist may enlarge the pulp chamber so that they can insert a substance known as gutta percha into the the chamber to take up the space left by the pulp. After placing a temporary seal on your tooth, the dentist will then set an appointment with you to check you progress and to place a crown on the tooth. You may also receive a prescription for a pain reliever, or antibiotic. If you notice persistent pain, or experience swelling, nausea, a fever, the chills or shaking, you should contact your dentist right away.
If you have a tooth that has been giving you trouble, you should make an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. Christopher Louie. If you live in the Fremont, California, area, call 510-656-7778, to make an appointment at Christopher L. Louie, DDS, Inc..