The ultimate aim of every dental treatment is to protect natural teeth. The pulp supplies nutrition and enables proper growth of the tooth. The tooth is in danger when the pulp is infected or damaged. The infection, if left untreated, can spread to the root of the tooth and spread to other teeth as well. Root canal treatment is suggested to protect the natural tooth. Our dentist performs a thorough examination of a natural tooth and notes down the symptoms to check the status of pulp. Once our dentist confirms that root canal is necessary, the treatment is explained to patients and an appointment is made for the procedure. With proper after treatment care, our root canal treatment in Colton, CA can ensure protection to a natural tooth and improve your oral health.
Infection of pulp and root canal treatment
A natural tooth has enamel layer, dentin layer, and pulp. Nerves and blood vessels make up the pulp of the natural tooth. An injury that creates a crack in the tooth or large caries can open up the way for bacteria to reach the pulp of the tooth. A toothache from tooth decay starts only when the pulp of the tooth is inflamed from bacteria. Once infected, the bacteria can spread to the root and cause more serious dental problems. If left untreated, the infection may cause the tooth to fall out and cause decay to nearby teeth.
Root canal treatment is performed to remove the infected pulp and make sure that the tooth remains safe from bacterial invasion. Filling materials are used to prevent further infection and provide physical support to the natural tooth.
Root canal treatment process
Only an experienced dentist can tell if a patient needs root canal treatment. X-rays may be required for examining the condition of the tooth. Symptoms like a toothache and swelling may indicate inflammation or infection of pulp. Our dentist confirms the need for root canal procedure after thorough oral examination. The treatment is performed with the help of local anesthesia.
The dentist firstly makes an opening on the surface of the tooth to reach the pulp. The infected pulp is carefully removed and the root canal is cleaned using an endodontic file. After removing the infected part, the dentist seals the root canal using gutta-percha. The tooth is then filled using dental fillings and a crown is used to cap the tooth once the procedure is complete.