Root Canal Therapy & Treatments
A root canal is a small-sized channel inside the tooth, providing the tooth with nutrients. If it becomes inflamed due to injury or infection, you can experience pain and might even lose the tooth. At Trinity Dental Centers, we work to remedy the problem and restore the damaged tooth, while guaranteeing that you are as relaxed and comfortable as possible during the entire procedure.
What causes a root canal?
The pulp is soft tissue inside the tooth, containing blood vessels and nerves. A cracked or chipped tooth, cavity, or other oral injury can lead to damaged or inflamed tooth pulp. If the pulp is not removed, the teeth surrounding the root can also become infected and bacteria can damage the bone in the area, leading to bone loss. The canal refers to the space inside the root of the tooth. Luckily, at Trinity Dental Centers our staff includes experienced endodontists who will successfully treat and manage your entire procedure and follow-up care with the highest level of comfort and compassion.
What does root canal treatment involve?
If you do require treatment, your Trinity Dental dentist will first take x-rays to examine and show where the decay is located. The treatment consists of removing the damaged area of the pulp, cleaning and disinfecting it, and then filling and sealing it. Throughout the entire procedure, we will monitor your comfort level and ensure everything goes smoothly. Here is a detailed breakdown of what your root canal treatment will involve:
- Anesthesia: First, your dentist will numb the area (localized anesthesia) to prevent discomfort. A thin sheet of latex covers your tooth for dryness, and an opening is drilled from the tooth’s crown down to the pulp’s chamber.
- Pulpectomy: The nerve or pulp is extracted from the pulp chamber and the root canal. The area is then cleaned and prepared for filling.
- Medication: Your dentist may place some medicine in the root to prevent bacterial growth.
- Sealant: The affected area will be sealed with a rubber-like substance.
- Filling: A temporary filling will be placed in the canal to prevent the spread of infection.
What happens after my root canal?
In the next stage of treatment, the temporary filling is removed to be replaced by a crown or permanent filling to strengthen the tooth and improve aesthetics. Following proper brushing and flossing techniques will allow your filling to last for many years!
At Trinity Dental Centers, we are staffed with dentists and endodontists who specialize in treating root canals. Our treatment centers around saving the damaged tooth, and restoring your surrounding gum and bone to ensure your mouth returns to excellent oral health!