Root Canal Therapy
Your root canal forms the hollow section of your teeth, a section where blood vessels, nerve endings, and cells can be found. It is sandwiched between a crown and root, and any damage to these two areas could lead to a root canal infection. These infections can not only kill nerve endings and tissue but also lead to tooth sensitivity and eventual tooth loss. Root canal therapy is aimed at saving your tooth from these issues. The earlier you visit the Great Grins for KIDS - Portland office for treatment, the easier it is to handle these issues. Here is what to know about root canal therapy:
How root canal therapy works
The first step for root canal therapy is to remove any infected tissue within your root canal. Next, we will need to decontaminate, clean, and shape the hollow area that remains. We will replace the dental tissue with a rubber-like material and adhesive cement to ensure the canal is completely filled. This typically means that the tooth will be dead since there is no longer any nerve tissue in your teeth.
The last step is to install a crown or filling into the incision that allows us to access the root canal. While the tooth might not receive nourishment from pulp tissue, it can get enough nourishment from the ligament that connects it to the bone. A strong crown or filling will protect your tooth during the initial brittle stage onwards.
Who is the perfect root canal therapy candidate?
The perfect candidate for root canal therapy is anyone who has experienced root canal injury or infection. Injury can occur in a number of ways, including gum disease, dental accidents, deep cavities, and tooth decay. Once the root canal is exposed, bacteria will easily find their way into the internal part of your tooth.
They start eating away your root canal tissue and could spread all the way to your dental roots. This increases the chances of experiencing bone loss, tooth loss, and progressive tooth decay.
Sadly, if your tooth is completely impacted by bacterial infection, you might not be an ideal candidate for root canal therapy. The better option would be to extract the tooth and install an implant. When done early, root canal therapy simply saves your tooth while eliminating any pain you are experiencing.
How to prevent root canal infections
Root canal infections are often the result of other issues like gum disease and tooth decay. Preventing these issues is a sure way to steer clear of root canal infection. Start by brushing your teeth twice every day with fluoride toothpaste. Your toothbrush should have gentle bristles and should be replaced once every three months.
Flossing in between your teeth also reduces the build-up of foods in these areas, which are prime breeding grounds for periodontal bacteria. Most importantly, commit to a healthy diet - one that strengthens your teeth and limits exposure to sugary foods. Constant dental checkups will also help you identify and treat common dental problems.
Early prevention or treatment is ideal
Root canal infections can balloon into much more serious issues. Dealing with the issue early is essential, which makes visiting our offices for regular dental checkups highly recommended. Feel free to call Great Grins for KIDS - Portland at (971) 470-0054 today for a consultation or to get your root canal infection treated.
My daughter was a little nervous to have her dental work done but everyone in the office was super friendly and very reassuring and that helped her nervousness go away. Thanks for the excellent dental experience. ~ Lilyana G.
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