When your tooth has become affected with severe decay or an injury, it may be at risk of getting extracted. To prevent this and to restore the tooth to health, your dentist at Empire Parkway Dental Group will likely recommend a root canal. This diagnosis may cause some worry or anxiety, as the root canal has a bit of a reputation for being a particularly unpleasant procedure, but there is nothing to worry about. It is a treatment that is meant to benefit your tooth, and you can have confidence that our dentistry in Folsom, CA will make a priority of your comfort.
A root canal is a treatment in a special field of dentistry called endodontics, which deals with the dental pulp of the tooth. The dental pulp is located in the innermost area of the tooth, underneath the layers of dentin and enamel. It contains the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth. When decay has affected the tooth, or it has become cracked or chipped, and the pulp has become exposed, a root canal treatment will be recommended to prevent infection in the tooth or to prevent an abscess from forming.
In the past, when a tooth became severely infected or injured, extraction would be the only option for preventing more serious damage from occurring. Today, a root canal is a better option because it restores health to the tooth and allows you to retain the natural tooth structure, which is always preferable to using a dental prosthetic.
To complete a root canal in Folsom, CA, your dentist at Empire Parkway Dental Group will first numb the tooth using a local anesthetic. This is why this treatment is not as painful as many people might think. The affected tooth will then be isolated to be kept clean and dry by having a dental dam placed around it. Your dentist will access the dental pulp through a hole that will be created in the crown of the tooth. After the infected areas are removed, and the canal is cleaned and reshaped, your dentist will fill the canal in again using a material called gutta-percha to restore the tooth’s structure. The tooth can then be sealed with either a dental filling or a crown.