Endodontic care in Brossard: root canal treatment
Everyone wants a natural, healthy smile and this is why dentists will do everything in their power to save a tooth when it’s infected. When faced with an infected tooth, avoiding extraction by applying proper treatment is a priority for any dentist. One of these treatments is the root canal.
What is a root canal?
A tooth is made of 3 parts: the enamel, the dentin and the cementum. The dentin is filled with soft tissue called the pulp. This is where nerve tissue and blood vessels ensure a tooth’s vitality. When the pulp is infected and bacteria has invaded this part of your tooth, an abscess is formed and pain ensues. If such is the case and there is no intervention, the decay can infect further, affecting neighboring tissues and even the support bone. This is why it’s vital to consult with a professional as soon as possible.
A root canal is a simple procedure that removes the infected, damaged or irreparable pulp in order to preserve the natural tooth and reestablish oral health.
What are the procedures involved in a root canal?
Before starting an intervention we must confirm the tooth’s vitality by inspecting the nerve. This can be done three different ways.
First, we can do a percussion test by lightly knocking on the tooth and testing the patient’s sensitivity. Another way is to do a cold test where a chilled cotton swab is placed on the tooth. If the patient doesn’t feel anything, the tooth may be weak or even dead. As a third option, an electrical test can be used. Regardless of the method, to be absolutely certain your nerve is infected, an x-ray of the root must be taken.
A root canal is also commonly called an endodontic treatment and simply goes as follows:
- Local anesthesia
In order to make sure the patient is comfortable and pain-free throughout the process, local anesthesia will be applied to the tooth.
A protective barrier will be set-up around the tooth in order to avoid any contamination that could incur through saliva or bacteria infiltration during the procedure.
The dentist will use precision tools in order to drill a small hole in the tooth to remove the pulp and infected nerve.
Once the pulp has been removed, the cavity must be properly cleaned in order to remove any bacteria.
Once the area has been meticulously cleaned, a composite filling will be put in place.
What are the symptoms that procede a root canal?
- Your tooth changes color
- Increased sensitivity
- Throbbing pain
Sound familiar? Consult one of our dentists as soon as possible and get the treatment you need.