Endodontics or a root canal is a surgical procedure that removes the nerves from the roots of a tooth. A root canal is a measure to save an infected tooth. Left untreated for a long period, an infected tooth can lead to an abscess which is bone loss in the jaw. An abscess shows up on an x-ray as a dark spot below the root’s apex. It is imperative to treat this condition before it deteriorates.
First off, the affected area is anesthetized. Next, an access point is made through the biting surface or top of the tooth. The doctor determines the working length of each canal. The canal(s) are then cleaned and shaped and ultimately prepared for the filling material. An inert material called gutta percha is used to fill the canal. Then, the canals are sealed. Then a restoration can be done, which is usually a crown. It usually takes two visits to our Gilbert dental office complete this entire procedure.
Why do I need a root canal?
You may need a root canal for any number of reasons. Some reasons include: a cavity that extends into the nerve, any trauma to the tooth that exposes the nerve, or a crack in the tooth that extends into the tooth’s nerve.
You may need a root canal if you exhibit these signs and symptoms:
- Lingering toothache pain that is moderate to severe when drinking hot or cold liquids or foods.
- Experiencing moderate to severe pain when biting
- Pressure or tapping on the tooth causes sensitivity
- A toothache that can wake you up
- A pus or blood producing pimple on your gum
- Pain that radiates from one area of the mouth to another