Root Canal Treatment
Root canal therapy is used to treat, mend, and salvage a tooth that has been severely damaged and decayed. The term “root canal” refers to the natural cavity inside the tooth’s center where the nerves are found.
During a root canal treatment, the tooth’s nerve and pulp are removed, and the inner part of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. This procedure is done to avoid infection in the surrounding tissues.
Here at Lifetime Dental we commonly perform root canal treatments on patients who suffer from severe toothache when chewing or when pressure is applied on the infected area. We may also suspect a root canal infection when a patient is suffering from an extreme tingling sensation when eating hot or cold food.
A root canal treatment may require more than one appointment with Dr. Afzali. The steps are as follows:
- An X-ray will be taken so your dentist will be able to see the infection inside / underneath your tooth.
- If it is determined that there is an infection, then a root canal therapy will be started immediately. Most dentists will administer anesthesia to make the patient feel more relaxed.
- Then an access hole will be drilled into the infected tooth. Once there is already access, we will thoroughly remove all of the decayed parts including the nerve tissues. We will make sure that the affected tooth is thoroughly cleaned to prevent further or recurring infection.
- Once the area has been cleared from decay, the tooth is the sealed. You will then be sent home and scheduled for your next appointment.
- During your second visit, a sealer paste will be applied over the affected tooth. This is to fill in the hole created from the prior visit.
- The last phase of the treatment may involve another procedure to completely restore the tooth’s original function and appearance. An example of this procedure is getting a dental crown to protect the tooth especially the canal.
Although many people think a root canal treatment is painful, it really isn’t. Dr. Afzali and the rest of the team will make sure that you will be as comfortable as possible from start to finish.
If you suspect that you have an infection in your tooth, please schedule an appointment with us by calling (909) 483-0812. Untreated root canals can pose a lot of health risks.