The Root Canal Procedure
A root canal procedure at our Wilmington, DE, dental practice involves removing infected tissue, eliminating all soft tissue from within the tooth, and preserving the outer structure. Drs. Jeffrey J. Emmi, Laura Dougherty, and Jeffrey Bartoshesky take every measure to make this procedure as comfortable and painless as possible. If the tooth cannot be saved through a root canal procedure, our doctors at Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates can recommend an appropriate restoration method to replace the tooth.
What to Expect during a Root Canal Procedure
A root canal procedure involves multiple steps that save teeth compromised by decay and infection. Prior to the procedure, you will have a consultation with one of our doctors to determine if a root canal is the right treatment for you. Your dentist will take x-rays to closely view the decay and determine if it has reached the the pulp (soft tissue) chamber. A cavity near the pulp usually indicates that the pulp is also infected.
A root canal procedure can restore your tooth impacted by infection or decay.
After it is determined that a root canal is necessary, a local anesthetic will be used to reduce pain. An additional anesthetic may be injected into the pulp chamber to prevent further discomfort. Your dentist will clean your tooth and remove any parts that are damaged or decayed. Soft tissue will then be removed from the pulp chamber as well as the root canals, or centers of the tooth roots. The root canals will be thoroughly cleaned. The inside of the tooth is sanitized before it is filled with gutta-percha filling and the pulp chamber is filled with cotton. A temporary filling is used to seal the opening.
Restoring Your Tooth
In most cases, root canal patients will require a crown following treatment. The crown will provide support to the treated tooth, restore the balance of your bite, and improve the appearance of your smile. Once the decayed and infected tissue has been removed, and the tooth has been sealed, your dentist will remove more tissue in order to accommodate a crown. Next, he or she will take an impression of the tooth, which technicians will use to create a permanent crown. This usually takes about two weeks. You will be provided with a temporary crown in the meantime.
During a second visit, you dentist will replace the temporary crown with the permanent restoration. He or she will check to ensure a proper fit, and make any changes necessary to achieve a balanced and comfortable bite. Daily brushing and flossing can help you to maintain your treated and restored tooth, avoiding future decay or infection.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are suffering from a toothache or any other symptoms of an infected tooth, a root canal may be the best solution. You should see a dentist as soon as possible to prevent the need for tooth extraction. Contact us to schedule your consultation, and we will conduct a detailed analysis of your smile to determine the best treatment to meet your needs.