Getting a root canal can save badly damaged or infected teeth from extraction. Decades ago root canals were painful, but the latest dental advances ensure pain-free comfortability at Concord Dental Arts, in Concord, California. Board-certified Ellie Shirazi, DDS, and her experienced dental team use the ZEISS endodontics microscope and other innovative technology for better precision and accuracy during root canals. Call Concord Dental Arts to learn more or book an appointment online today.
A root canal is a treatment that repairs badly damaged or infected teeth to save them from extraction. The inside of your tooth consists of pulp containing connective tissue, a nerve supply, and blood vessels. When this material dies or gets irreversibly damaged, your dentist might recommend a root canal if you have enough sound tooth root and crown structure remaining.
Tooth damage and infections can happen to anybody, but certain factors increase your risk of developing them. You might require a root canal if you have:
Experiencing sensitive teeth, swelling, or tooth pain is a sign you might require a root canal. Check in with your dentist at the first sign of tooth pain to prevent serious complications.
Dr. Shirazi prepares you well by letting you know what to expect during your root canal. The first step is dental X-rays so she can view the extent of tooth damage. Before the procedure, you’ll receive a local anesthetic to control pain. Dr. Shirazi places a dental dam, or rubberlike sheet, in your mouth to keep the tooth protected and clean.
She uses special dental instruments to remove the diseased or infected pulp and cleans the pulp chamber. Dr. Shirazi may also use medication to clear an infection. She fills the cleaned out the pulp with a special material and seals it shut.
The final step is restoring your tooth to protect it from future damage. Dr. Shirazi may recommend covering a root canal with a crown, or cap. Crowns are custom made to blend in with your natural teeth, are permanently cemented in place, and can last a lifetime with proper care.
After your root canal and dental restoration are complete, your tooth should function normally and look aesthetically pleasing. It might feel sensitive for a few days after the procedure, but you can take over-the-counter pain medications as needed.
Care for your restored tooth as you would your other teeth by brushing twice daily, flossing regularly, and attending regular dental exams and cleanings. Avoid chewing on ice, your fingernails, and hard candies to prevent damage.
Don’t live with tooth pain until it’s too late to save your natural tooth. If you suspect you need a root canal, schedule an appointment with Concord Dental Arts by phone or online today.