A root canal or pulpectomy is a treatment for infections in the soft inner tissue of a tooth. Root canal infections can spread into the outer areas of the tooth, causing discoloration. If left untreated, they will affect the health of the jaw and other tissues surrounding the tooth.
Root canals are the thin passages that run from the soft inner tissue of your tooth (pulp) to the tip of the root of your tooth. These canals may become infected in a variety of ways, most commonly as a result of untreated cavities. Because the canals contain nerve fibers, infections of this sort are often accompanied by varying amounts of pain.
Root canal procedures not only preserve your dental and oral health but also improve the appearance of teeth darkened by infection. They are likewise a preventative measure to help you to avoid costly restorations to replace a tooth lost to decay and infection.
Many people are concerned by the potential pain of a root canal procedure. You may be surprised to learn that modern day root canal therapy is usually painless and no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed.
After sufficiently numbing the area, Dr. Leedy creates an opening on the surface of the tooth. He then removes any decayed tissue or bacteria. An instrument called a root canal file is then used to remove the nerve fibers and clean out infected tissue from within the thin canals. We use magnifying equipment to aid in the procedure.
Next, the inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and supplied with initial filling material, accompanied by medications to soothe the area.
After any root canal, the final restoration is a crown. A crown is placed to provide more structural support for the tooth and should be placed within 30 days. Most often, both the diagnostic exam and the root canal procedure can be completed in one office visit.
If you have any questions about root canals or would like to schedule an appointment with your Abilene dentist, Dr. Leedy, Dr. Webb or Dr. Green at Leedy Dental, give us a call today at (325) 268-0013 or schedule a visit online!
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