Root Canal is a procedure to try to save the tooth rather than extracting it. Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that can cause bone loss in the jaw and eventually can cause the tooth to be lost.
The area around the tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. Dr. Afkham will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space if filled with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown to protect the tooth from fracturing. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.
We will make sure that your experience will be comfortable and pain free. Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but Dr. Afkham may prescribe medication. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard.
If you are experiencing pain, please call our office (530) 750-3311