Root Canal Treatment

When Is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?

Root canal therapy is necessary when a tooth’s nerve is affected by infection or decay. To save the tooth, the pulp, nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function. A root canal is the premiere treatment option to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth. Root canal treatment has a high success rate and usually lasts a lifetime with the proper care.

Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy:

  • Abscess on the gums.
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Toothache/severe pain.
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present.
  • Swelling.
  • Tenderness.

Causes For Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is necessary when:

  • Decay has reached the living tissue inside the tooth, also known as the pulp.
  • Abscess or infection have developed inside the tooth.
  • Trauma or injury.

What Does Root Canal Therapy Involve?

A root canal procedure takes one or more appointments and can be performed by a dentist or a root canal specialist. The tooth is numbed, and a sheet of rubber is placed around the tooth to keep it free and dry of saliva. A series of root canal files are placed into an opening on top of the tooth while removing the nerve tissue, bacteria, and pulp. If decay is a factor, it will be removed with special dental tools. When the tooth is cleaned thoroughly, it will be sealed with a permanent filling or a temporary filling, if additional visits are necessary.  At the following appointment, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials. A filling is placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth. Furthermore, all teeth that have root canal treatment should get a crown. A crown or cap will protect the tooth and restore it to full functionality. Upon the completion of treatment, it is likely your tooth will still be sensitive, but this feeling will go away with the inflammation. A Stafford dentist such as Dr. Yousaf will provide instructions for care after each visit to Precision Smile Dentistry. Proper practices of oral hygiene and regular dental visits will extend the life of your root canal treatment.

Dr. Yousaf provides root canal treatment for the residents of Stafford County, Quantico Base, Manassas, Woodbridge, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Garrisonville, and Roseville, VA.