At First Smile Family Dental, a root canal treats a tooth infected due to decay, cracks, or trauma. The nerve and pulp tissue are removed during the process, and the insides are cleaned and sealed to prevent further damage. By removing the infected pulp and sealing the root canals, root canal treatment helps prevent the spread of infection to the surrounding tissues and preserves overall oral health. Root canal treatment helps maintain oral health by eliminating infection and preserving natural tooth structure. By saving the tooth, the balance and alignment of the adjacent teeth are preserved, reducing the risk of additional oral health issues in the future.
Reasons for Root Canal Treatment
When tooth decay reaches the pulp, it can cause infection and inflammation, leading to pain and sensitivity.
Trauma or injury to the tooth can damage the pulp, requiring root canal treatment to save the tooth.
Bacterial infections can reach the pulp through untreated cavities or gum disease, causing pulp inflammation and infection.
The Procedure for Root Canal Treatment
The dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the area around the affected tooth, ensuring a comfortable procedure. An access hole is created in the tooth to reach the pulp. The infected or damaged pulp is carefully removed from the root canals using specialized instruments. The root canals are shaped, cleaned, and disinfected to remove any remaining bacteria and debris. The cleaned root canals are filled with a biocompatible gutta-percha, which seals the canals to prevent recontamination. After the root canal treatment, a dental crown or filling is placed on the tooth to protect and restore its function and appearance.
The Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
Preservation of Natural Tooth
Root canal treatment allows for preserving a natural tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. Keeping natural teeth is crucial for maintaining proper chewing function and speech and preventing adjacent teeth from shifting out of alignment.
Restored Tooth Function
After a root canal, the tooth is sealed and often restored with a dental crown or filling. This restoration provides strength and stability, allowing the tooth to function normally for biting and chewing. With proper care, a root canal-treated tooth can last for many years.
Preventing Infection Spread
Infected dental pulp can lead to the development of an abscess or spread of infection to the surrounding tissues. By removing the infected pulp through a root canal, the spread of infection is halted, preventing further complications and potential damage to the jawbone and neighboring teeth.
It's essential to consult with our dentist if you experience persistent tooth pain, sensitivity, or any signs of tooth infection. They can assess your condition and determine if root canal treatment is necessary to save your tooth and relieve your symptoms. If you want to know more about root canal therapy and how it can help you have a healthier smile, visit First Smile Family Dental at 32717 1st Ave S., Suite 9, Federal Way, WA 98003, or call (253) 785-7323.