A Root Canal Specialist Can Save Your Injured Tooth

A root canal specialist can be a lifesaver if you are dealing with an injured tooth. While the procedure has earned itself a reputation as some sort of scary procedure people should be terrified of, the reality is that root canals bring relief to patients who are often dealing with excruciating pain.

When is a root canal specialist needed?

Root canals are often performed when a person's teeth have been so damaged that the contents of the pulp chamber become exposed to the many irritants in the person's mouth like bacteria, food particles and saliva.

The exposure often leads to the soft tissue in the pulp chamber being infected by bacteria, which can then cause severe discomfort, pain and the loss of the tooth's natural function.

Reasons for root canal therapy

Tooth decay

The most common reason why a person's teeth might become damaged enough to leave the pulp chamber exposed is tooth decay. This is caused primarily by acids produced by oral bacteria. These microorganisms feed on leftover food particles that are stuck on teeth after meals and they excrete acids that can damage tooth enamel. Over time, the corrosion caused by these acids leads to the formation of small holes on the surface of teeth called cavities.

If these cavities are not treated with dental fillings early on, they will continue to expand until it reaches the pulp chamber.

Trauma

The pulp chamber of a person's tooth can also become compromised due to damage caused by trauma. A broken, chipped or fractured tooth can easily end up with the pulp chamber exposed and that leads to the injured person experiencing lots of pain. When this is the case, a root canal specialist is often needed to save the tooth and stop the pain.

What to expect when getting a root canal

Root canals are nowhere as scary as they are portrayed — in actuality, there is nothing scary about them at all.

The dentist starts the procedure by giving the patient a shot of anesthetic. This is not necessary if the nerve is already dead, but most dentists like to err on the side of caution.

The dentist will then drill a hole in the affected tooth and use a variety of files to remove the pulp and nerve. Once the tooth has been cleaned out, the dentist will apply some medication to deal with any infection. The hole is sealed with a rubbery material and the tooth is covered up with a crown for extra protection.

Life after getting a root canal

One of the things those who have ever gotten a root canal can appreciate is the fact it typically brings an end to the worst types of toothaches a person can imagine. Most patients do not even need any painkillers after the procedure. If the patient is dealing with a serious infection, antibiotics might be prescribed.

Ready to get started?

If you are dealing with a severe toothache that is like nothing you have ever experienced before, a root canal might be exactly what you need. Set up an appointment with our Ukiah office for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Request an appointment here: https://santarosaendodontics.com or call Santa Rosa Endodontics at (707) 409-1177 for an appointment in our Ukiah office.

Check out what others are saying about our dental services on Yelp: Root Canal Treatment.

Recent Posts

Root Canal Therapy For A Cracked Tooth

Looking for information on how to fix your cracked tooth? If you have recently cracked one or more of your teeth, then you will need to make a dental appointment for a professional evaluation. If the crack has reached the root of the tooth, then it is likely that the tooth can be saved by…

10 Tips To Avoid A Root Canal

Good oral hygiene is one way to avoid spending thousands of dollars at the dentist to correct easily preventable issues. One of the most common corrective methods used to save a tooth or teeth is having a root canal.What is a root canal?When a tooth decays to the point that infection reaches the pulp or root…

What Is Root Canal Surgery (Apicoectomy)?

Root canal surgery, otherwise referred to as an apicoectomy, is performed by a dentist, endodontist or oral surgeon after the pulp located inside of a tooth’s root becomes infected. Infected tooth pulp can be a serious concern that causes pain and sensitivity in the patient and can worsen if left untreated.By fully understanding what root…

An Endodontist Can Repair And Save A Tooth

If you suffer tooth injury, an endodontist can offer you a means to preserve your original tooth so extraction and removal are not necessary, which could affect the smile negatively. Endodontic care is an excellent alternative for people who want to preserve their natural smile.Not many people are aware of the prowess of endodontists in…

Recent Posts

Root Canal Therapy For A Cracked Tooth

Root Canal Therapy For A Cracked Tooth

Looking for information on how to fix your cracked tooth? If you have recently cracked one or more of your teeth, then you will need to make a dental appointment for a professional evaluation. If the crack has reached the root of the tooth, then it is likely that the tooth can be saved by…

Tips To Avoid A Root Canal

10 Tips To Avoid A Root Canal

Good oral hygiene is one way to avoid spending thousands of dollars at the dentist to correct easily preventable issues. One of the most common corrective methods used to save a tooth or teeth is having a root canal.What is a root canal?When a tooth decays to the point that infection reaches the pulp or root…