Root Canal Treatment for the Coeur D'Alene Area
If you have severe tooth decay or damage, a simple filling is not enough to restore it back to its original health. Your dentist can alleviate pain and rescue your tooth from extraction with root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment. Sound scary? The treatment may have a reputation of being incredibly painful, but there’s really nothing to fear from a modern root canal. Dr. Orban performs endodontic treatment in Coeur D’Alene.
When a Root Canal Is Necessary
When might you need a root canal? To understand, it helps to know a little bit about the structure of the tooth.
First of all, know that all teeth are made up of three layers and two parts. The outer surface of a tooth is made up of hard dental enamel. Beneath the enamel is a supportive layer of dentin, and the very inner layer is known as pulp, which contains the nerve system of teeth. The visible portion of the tooth is the crown, and below the gums is the root structure that supports tooth, anchoring your smile in place.
A root canal treatment is necessary when patients experience an infection of the inner pulp layer of teeth. These infections are so painful because they directly affect the nerve system -- and the aim of root canal therapy is to alleviate pain and rescue the tooth by completely removing the infected tissue.
Steps of a Root Canal in Coeur D’Alene
The root canal is completed in one to two visits to your dentist’s office. The length of your treatment will depend on the severity of the infection. When two visits to the dentist are needed, a temporary crown is worn in between. Special care should be exercised while eating to prevent its malfunction.
To begin your root canal therapy, your dentist will apply local anesthesia to numb the treatment site. Nitrous oxide is also available for soothing your nerves throughout the procedure. Once you are completely comfortable, the inside of the tooth is accessed through a small hole in the back or chewing surface of the tooth. All infected tissue, or what we commonly call the “nerve” of the tooth, is then removed with special instruments. Once the tooth is completely empty, it is cleaned and its canals are reshaped. A biocompatible material known as gutta percha refills the interior of the tooth.
If your endodontic therapy is completed over two visits, a temporary filling and crown will be placed while the infection completely heals. But if one visit is sufficient, the permanent filling will be placed in the same appointment.
After Your Root Canal Therapy
Once your root canal treatment is complete, you will experience the side effects common with any oral surgery. Manage discomfort, swelling, and bleeding by following your dentist’s post-op instructions carefully. Maintain a soft foods diet and plan to take it easy at first. If symptoms worsen or do not improve after several days, get in touch with your dentist immediately.
Do you need endodontic treatment or wish to talk about an upcoming procedure? Dr. Orban provides root canal therapy in Coeur D’Alene. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!