Your teeth are composed of four layers: enamel, dentin, cementum, and the pulp. The second layer, dentin, contains various blood vessels, nerves, and tissue which promote tooth root growth. When the dentin is exposed, your tooth becomes prone to infection. At this point, it is recommended you visit your dentist, because you may qualify for a root canal procedure.
Symptoms of a Root Canal
If you are unsure whether or not you may need a root canal, look out for these symptoms:
Sensitivity: Sensitivity is common, especially when your teeth are exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures. However, if you are experiencing lingering pain after drinking a hot or cold beverage, you will want to speak with a dentist.
Pain: We all have tooth pain from time to time, but this doesn’t always signify that you need a procedure. If you begin feeling pain when you change your body positioning, have had an ongoing toothache, or are feeling pain in a specific part of your mouth, you may require a root canal procedure.
Swollen Gums: If you are in need of a root canal procedure, you will start to see small bumps, that look pimple-like arise on your gums. These bumps will be yellow, red, or even white. On top of the bumps, your gums will be noticeably swollen and painful.
The root canal procedure is not as painful as some lead on, it is closely compared to getting a cavity filled. It will, however, require anesthesia or numbing cream. This procedure only takes at the most two hours to complete.
The first step consists of having a conversation with your dentist or surgeon about crowns. It is a smart idea to commit to a crown because this allows the surgeon to flatten the occlusal surface. By doing this, you will experience less pain post-operation.
Next, they will open up the pulp chamber and locate the canals. Once the canals have all been located, you will remove the pulp tissue.
To remove the rest of the tissue and bacteria, you will want to perform the irrigation process. Irrigation dissolves the remaining tissue and kills bacteria that is lingering inside the tooth.
The last step is to dry the canals and begin to seal the interior and the exterior of the tooth.
Connect with Your Reno Dentist
If you are suffering fromany of the symptoms listed, reach out to Dr. Kulesa and his staff. They will answer any of your questions or concerns. Connect with us today!