Do you have a tooth giving you grief? If a reoccurring or lingering toothache is keeping you awake at night, don’t have your tooth pulled out. Instead, your dentist in Attleboro may be able to save it with a root canal. Although they have a bad reputation for being painful, Capron Park Dental uses the latest innovations in dentistry, so the procedure is no worse than a traditional filling.
A root canal is one of the most common treatments in restorative dentistry, but it’s only recommended when there aren’t any other solutions to save a tooth. The endodontic procedure removes the innermost layer of a tooth, called the pulp. Although the pulp is necessary while your tooth is still forming, it can survive without it after it’s fully formed. Once we’ve extracted the pulp and cleaned out your tooth, we’ll place a customized cap over it to protect it from further damage while also restoring its appearance and function.
A root canal is most often needed if a cavity has been left untreated. During the earliest stages of decay, it only affects the hard outer layer of your tooth, called the enamel. If it’s not treated quickly, it will continue deeper into your tooth until it reaches the dentin, which contains tiny of small tubes connecting to the pulp. At this point, your tooth can be treated with a filling. Unfortunately, if it isn’t corrected right away, the decay will eventually reach the pulp.
Now, you will likely experience dental pain, which can become progressively worse or it can come and go. You may also experience other symptoms as well, such as:
Root canal therapy usually takes two appointments to restore your tooth back to its previous state. During your first visit, a local anesthetic is used to ensure your comfort as any areas of decay are removed using special dental tools. The pulp is also extracted before your tooth is sterilized and sealed using a special material called gutta-percha.
Your tooth is reshaped, and an impression is taken to create your custom-made crown. The dental lab carefully crafts the restoration to look just like your natural tooth, so no one will be able to tell it is there. This can take a couple of weeks, so we’ll need to attach a temporary crown while you wait. After the lab sends your crown back to the office, we return for your second appointment to have it bonded in place.
After your root canal, it’s normal for your tooth to be tender. Avoid chewing on it until you receive your permanent crown. You can manage any pain or discomfort using over-the-counter pain relievers.
You don’t need to have your tooth extracted. We can save it with root canal therapy. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.