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Root Canals at Sierra Dental Health: Changing Your Perspective on an Infamous Procedure

Even if you’ve never had a root canal, you’ve probably heard of them. Many people think that root canals are painful, but most root canal procedures are no more painful than having a filling placed. However, if you need a root canal procedure, you may experience a lot of pain until you seek proper dental care. At Sierra Dental Health, we utilize state of the art dental equipment and procedures to conduct root canal procedures quickly and efficiently.

How do I know if I Need a Root Canal?

A root canal is needed when the pulp of a tooth becomes infected or damaged. It can become damaged by repeated dental procedures on a tooth, trauma to the face, large fillings, or a crack or chip in the tooth. Sometimes you may have pulp damage and not show any symptoms.

However, there are several common symptoms that may indicate you need a root canal procedure. If you suffer severe toothache pain when chewing or exhibit prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures after the heat or cold has been removed, you may have a damaged pulp. Also, if you notice a discoloration of your tooth, swelling and tenderness in your gums, or pimples on your gums, you may need a root canal.

Why do I Need a Root Canal?

The pulp is located in the center of your tooth, and it contains the tooth’s nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. After a tooth has emerged through your gums, the tooth nerve’s only function is to provide the sensation of hot or cold. Thus, the absence or presence of a tooth’s nerve will not affect a tooth’s function.

Unfortunately, if pulp is damaged, it will start decaying and bacteria will begin multiplying in the pulp chamber. The bacteria growth and decaying pulp can result in a serious infection or abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket at the end of a tooth’s root. Furthermore, a root canal infection can result in bone loss at or around the tip of the root, swelling that can spread to other areas of the face, neck, or head, and drainage problems around a tooth’s root. In addition, a hole can form in the side of the tooth and cause drainage into the gums or from the cheek into the skin. Hence, a damaged pulp can cause serious problems if it is left untreated.

Sierra Health’s Root Canal Procedure

If we decide that you need root canal therapy, we will use our top of the line imaging technology to take x-rays of your teeth. We’ll look at the shape of your root canals and also determine if there is any evidence of infection in the surrounding bone. After that, we’ll apply local anesthesia to numb the area around your affected tooth. Then, we’ll put a rubber sheet around your tooth, and this will make sure the area stays dry and without saliva throughout the procedure. We’ll then drill a hole in your tooth and insert root canal files into the drilled access hole. We use the root canal files to remove your pulp, bacteria, and any other debris from your tooth. We’ll also periodically use water or another solution to flush out any lingering debris.

Once we complete the cleaning process, we’ll need to seal the tooth. Depending on your specific case, we may seal the tooth on the same day or wait a week before sealing the tooth. If we don’t seal the tooth on the same day, we’ll place a temporary filling over the access hole in your tooth to prevent any contaminants from getting in your tooth between appointments.

When we’re ready to seal the tooth, we’ll fill the tooth’s root canal with a sealer paste and a rubber compound. We’ll then place a filling over the access hole that was drilled at the start of the procedure. In some cases, we may need to conduct more restoration work to your tooth. If this happens, we’ll give you a detailed overview of the next steps.

What’s next?

Root canal therapy will give you quick relief from any pain you were feeling before the procedure. You may have some minor discomfort or sensitivity after the procedure, but this will most likely go away in just a few days. In most cases, you can return to your typical routine the day after your procedure. Furthermore, we’ll ensure your affected tooth is restored to look just like your other teeth, so it won’t be obvious that a procedure was performed. However, you should ensure that you keep flossing and brushing regularly and see us for regular check-ups to maintain good oral health.

If you’re experiencing discomfort or pain, it’s extremely important that you schedule an appointment with us. We’ll quickly get to the bottom of what’s causing your discomfort and begin treating your condition. You can make an appointment online or give us a call today. We look forward to meeting you.