Root Canal Therapy Quincy MA
Your natural teeth are composed of three main components: the hard white outer enamel, slightly softer dentin, and soft tissues within the pulp chamber. The tooth pulp is connected to the rest of your body by narrow canals within the dental roots, which are like a freeway for your tooth’s blood supply and nerve system, allowing you to feel important sensations and delivering the necessary nutrients to your tooth. Unfortunately, injuries, dental decay, or unusual wear can expose and inflame the tooth’s soft tissues, causing pain and sensitivity. If left unchecked, pulp chamber infections can cause irreversible damage and spread disease into the jaw tissue, ultimately leading to tooth loss.
Root Canal Therapy: An Effective Alternative
To save an infected tooth, Dr. AlWazzan and his associates may recommend root canal therapy, which involves removing the infected inner pulp of the tooth and capping the tooth with a protective crown. Dental crowns are necessary after root canals for several reasons, but their main purpose is to maintain the structural stability of the tooth. After the inner pulp is removed from the tooth and the tooth no longer has a blood supply, the tooth material itself becomes more brittle. Dental crowns help to protect the tooth, while making the tooth look bright, white, and healthy. Initial root canals are a very safe and effective treatment, and between 85% and 97% of first time root canals are successful.
The Process of Getting a Root Canal
In order to determine whether or not root canal therapy would be beneficial for you, we will carefully evaluate your tooth, the surrounding tissues, and your dental X-rays to see how far the infection has spread. To prepare the area for a root canal, the clinicians may prescribe an antibiotic. This medication helps to reduce pain and swelling so that the root canal is more effective.
Before the root canal begins, the area will be completely numbed with the help of a local anesthetic. Because patients are often anxious about root canals, we also offer nitrous oxide to help you stay calm. However, to most patients, a root canal just feels like a longer dental appointment.
The Dental Dam
During root canal therapy, it is very important for the affected tooth to stay clean and dry. To keep the tooth isolated, we will place a dental dam around the tooth. These thin sheets of rubber or vinyl are a way to keep the tooth free of contaminants as we work on it.
Accessing and Removing the Decay
After the dental dam is in place and the tooth is completely numb, your doctor will drill a small access hole through the crown of the tooth. This access point allows the clinician the ability to scoop out the inflamed pulp. Special instruments are used to clean the tiny contours of the inside of the tooth. Once the nerves are removed from the tooth, it won’t be able to hurt or feel sensitive. After the infected portions of the tooth are physically removed, a disinfectant is used to sanitize the inside of the tooth.
Tiny files are used to shape the inside of the root canals that extend into the jaw. This step allows these portions to fill completely with filling material so that they don’t become infected again.
Filling the Tooth
Once the inside of the tooth is cleaned and shaped, a special thermoplastic filling material called gutta-percha is used to fill the canals of the tooth. Finally, a larger filling is used to seal the access point, and impressions are taken of the tooth in order to create a permanent protective crown.
Root Canal Therapy Quincy MA
Recovering from a root canal is very simple and any discomfort can usually be controlled by an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory, such as Ibuprofen. Some patients experience tenderness of the surrounding gum tissue or the jaw, but the dental pain associated with the infection should be completely gone following the procedure.
Don’t live with dental pain. If you have been struggling with a tooth that just doesn’t feel right, contact your favorite dentist in Quincy MA. Dr. AlWazzan and his associates are accepting new patients and they can’t wait to meet you.