Root Canals in Cincinnati
If you have ever had a painful abscessed tooth, you will appreciate that removing the nerve in the tooth and clearing the infection can save your tooth.
A root canal may be indicated when there is a cavity that extends to the nerve of the tooth or when a nerve has undergone trauma and has died. During a root canal we make sure you are very comfortable during the entire procedure. The majority of our patients report having no pain during a root canal.
During the root canal the nerve is removed and a medicinal filling material is put in the nerve’s place. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the top of the tooth will be strong and the root canal is successful.
Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry and the most common procedure relating to endodontics. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infection inside the tooth as well as the nerves need to be removed. If left untreated, an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that can potentially lead to bone loss in the jaw.
The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. Our dentist will then create an opening into the canal of the tooth. From there, we will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the walls of the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space is filled with a medicated sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown.
“Root canal” has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less “scary”. 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 your dentist may prescribe stronger medication based upon your particular situation. 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 pressure.
If you are experiencing pain contact us today!