In some cases, Dr. Eshagian may prescribe a root canal. Fear not, root canals aren’t as painful as they are their reputation claims they are. Further, root canals are only prescribed when they are necessary to save a tooth. Dr. Eshagian has years of experience providing this vital service to patients and he is ready to provide this care with a gentle touch.
Inside your tooth, under the surface is a hard tissue called the dentin. Underneath the dentin is a layer of tissue known as the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. Adult teeth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it. This makes root canals an effective treatment when underlying tissues become infected. Infected tissues can be removed, and when treated properly, the tooth will heal and return to it’s proper, functional form.
Root canals are effective in eliminating tooth pain and nerve infections in pulp tissue. The pulp can become infected for a number of reasons: trauma, tooth decay, cracks, or chips–all of these can leave a path for bacteria to infect the tooth. Symptoms of an infected pulp include pain, swelling, and increased sensitivity to temperature. It is important to receive immediate treatment if you notice these symptoms.
The root canal procedure involves the extraction of the pulp tissue, which is known as a pulpectomy. This helps to isolate the infection and preserve the tooth. A special dental drill will be used on the teeth to reveal the pulp chamber and remove the infected pulp. An antibacterial cleaning will be performed in the chamber and will be sealed by a filling to prevent additional infections.
The extraction of the pulp is only a 1-2 hour process and requires minimal amounts of anesthetics to reduce the patient’s discomfort. After the pulp has been removed, a crown is fitted onto the affected tooth to provide additional protection and reinforcement.
Follow Up Care
Following the treatment, swelling and discomfort may occur, Ibuprofen or analgesic medication can be provided to manage these effects. Root canals are consistently successful and complications are rare. Your body will begin to heal your tooth naturally, over time. It is likely that the doctor will schedule follow up appointments to check your progress and eventually perform a final tooth restoration. Dr. Eshagian and his team will guide you on how to properly care for your tooth in between appointments. You can maintain your oral health by brushing and flossing as you normally would. Avoid using the tooth to bite or chew as you normally until it has properly healed.