Explaining Root Canal Procedures

October 10, 2014

483317827If you are experiencing pain or tooth sensitivity, you could be a good candidate for a root canal procedure. Although you may have heard of the root canal procedure, you may not know a lot about it. It’s an important part of every dentists’ arsenal of treatments to alleviate pain and prevent tooth loss. Dr. Vacek has been helping patients in the Lincoln, NE, Waverly, Hickman, Firth, Crete, and Seward areas get rid of their tooth pain using the root canal procedure and he can help you too. The nerves in your teeth can become damaged though irritation or inflammation of the nerve and pulp, infection due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures, large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma to the face.

You May Need a Root Canal

The purpose of a root canal procedure is to remove the decayed nerve and bacteria that may be inside an infected tooth. Although the nerve is dead inside the tooth, an abscess (puss filled pocket) may have developed at the end of the root, which can cause pain and swelling in the area around the infection.  In addition to the symptoms of pain, swelling, sensitivity and discoloration, the dentist will need to take an x- ray or 3D scan of your mouth to identify the need for a root canal procedure.

What happens during a root canal?

During a root canal, a local anesthesia is given and a rubber damn is placed around the infected tooth to keep the area dry and free of saliva. Then, an access hole is drilled in the tooth. The dead nerve, pulp and bacteria are scraped out using root canal files. The tooth is then cleaned and sealed. The dentist may decide to wait a week before sealing the tooth if medication is needed to clear out any lingering infection inside the tooth. A sealer paste and rubber compound called “gutta percha” is then placed inside the empty root canal and the hole in the tooth is capped with a filling. If the tooth is sufficiently weakened, the dentist may recommend that a crown is also placed to prevent further damage and protect surrounding teeth.

Root Canal Procedures in Lincoln, NE

Pain and sensitivity in your teeth is not only inconvenient, but can be a sign of a serious infection. It’s important to see the dentist immediately to prevent the loss of an infected tooth. Contact Dr. Vacek’s dentist office today to get to the root of your tooth pain and sensitivity issues. Dr. Vacek is now proudly serving patients in the Lincoln, NE, Waverly, Hickman, Firth, Crete, and Seward areas.

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Craig P. Vacek, D.D.S. Lincoln, NE general and family dentist (402) 466-1914 info@Vacekdentistry.com