A root canal procedure is necessary when decay or infection reaches the pulp (the center of the tooth). This can be incredibly painful, as the pulp is where the nerves of the tooth are located. Once the root canal procedure has been performed, you will no longer feel any pain in the tooth.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is a procedure performed to repair and save a tooth that is suffering severe infection or decay. Once the infection has reached the center of the tooth, it may migrate to the tissues surrounding the tooth or even to other teeth. This is why it’s important to receive root canal therapy sooner rather than later before the infection has a chance to spread.
Root Canal Symptoms
Below are a few signs that you may need to speak with Dr. Bahar Esmaili about receiving root canal therapy:
- Darkening of the tooth
- Swelling & tenderness in the gum tissue surrounding the tooth
- Spots or blemishes on the gum tissue
- Sharp pain when chewing or biting down
- Chronic bad breath
If you’re suffering from these symptoms, it’s important to make an appointment at PeakView Dentistry right away. The sooner we can catch the problem, the easier it will be to treat.
What To Expect From Your Root Canal Procedure
Root canal therapy will include multiple visits. During the first visit, X-rays will be taken to view the root of the tooth as well as the sizes and shapes of the canals. The X-ray will also show where the infection has spread.
Once the procedure is ready to begin, you’ll be given a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and the surrounding issues. This will prevent you from feeling any pain during your procedure. Next, Dr. Esmaili will drill a hole in the tooth to access the pulp. Bacteria, pulp, and damaged nerve tissues will be removed from the tooth using special tools. Water and suction tools will be utilized regularly to remove any of the debris from your mouth.
Lastly, the canal and hole will be filled. Chances are you’ll need a dental crown (link to Dental Crown page) placed over the tooth, as a root canal can weaken the tooth. This extra step will require a few more visits to our office.
To learn more about root canal therapy, or to make an appointment at PeakView Dentistry, please contact our Boulder, CO general dentist office.