Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a serious problem that includes bone loss. Advances in dental technology have made root canal therapy a popular treatment to save a tooth that would otherwise be extracted. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard.
The process is as follows:
- The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure.
- The dentist will create an opening into the canal.
- The infected tissue will then be removed and the canal will be cleaned.
- After the infection has been removed, the space is filled with a sealant called gutta percha.
It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also give the root canal therapy is higher success rate.
Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain. Over the counter analgesics are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe other medication.