Root canals are common procedures that are done for patients who have issues with the pulp inside of their teeth. These problems can arise for a number of reasons, namely trauma, cracks in the teeth, or deep cavities and fillings. An infection may affect the dental pulp, causing inflammation, pain, and discomfort for the patient. When this occurs, root canal therapy is recommended to alleviate the pain immediately.
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The treatment is relatively simple. During the procedure, patients will be numbed with local anesthesia so they are relaxed and comfortable throughout the entire process. Sedation can be used as well, which can relieve patients of any dental anxieties or fears they may experience before and during the procedure.
During a root canal, Dr. Dernick will drill a hole into the tooth, and will skillfully remove the dental pulp from the inside of the tooth. The dental pulp contains the blood supply, nerves, and tissues that give the tooth life. Once removed, the inside of the tooth is disinfected and cleaned, and then filled with dental composite filling. In most cases, a dental crown is created to bond over the top of the tooth to protect it, as it may become weakened due to the removal of the life-sustaining dental pulp.
Typically, root canals can be completed in one appointment, sometimes two, depending on the specific situation. The crown that is created to protect the tooth is often made in-house with the internal ceramist that is available during office hours. This can help reduce the amount of overall time needed for the root canal, from start to finish. The procedure itself is not painful, as many patients often expect.
Aftercare for root canal therapy is simple. Patients may have mild soreness for 24 hours after the appointment, but Tylenol or other pain relievers can address any discomfort.
Dr. Dernick is extremely experienced in providing root canal therapy. If you are having pain in your tooth and want to address the situation, call for a consultation to find out if a root canal can help alleviate the problem and get you on your way to feeling better.