Your teeth comprise crowns and roots, where the roots are attached to your jawbone. Inside the teeth lies the dental pulp. It is a hollow section containing blood vessels, nerve tissues, and other cells. The role of the pulp is to nourish your teeth and provide moisture to the nearby material.
Over time, your tooth pulp may get infected or inflamed because of causes like missing or chipped teeth, tooth decay, or infection. If such an infection is not treated on time, you may require tooth extraction. Root canal therapy removes the decay and saves your teeth from extraction.
When Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?
- Severe pain in your teeth, especially when biting and chewing the food.
- Cracked or chipped teeth.
- Tender or swollen gums and bleeding from the gums.
- Darkening of gums because of deep decay.
How is Root Canal Performed?
We will start the procedure by taking an X-ray of your teeth to determine the signs of infection in your surrounding bone. You will be given local anesthesia to numb the area near your teeth. We will place a rubber dam around your teeth so that it remains dry and free from saliva.
Once your teeth are numb, we will create a small opening at the top of your teeth using a laser or manual dental instrument. Now, using a dental file, we will remove the damaged pulp, infection, and bacteria from your teeth and clean them. We will also clean the sides of the surrounding area and flush away the debris.
Once the area is properly cleaned, we will fill the space using a biocompatible material known as gutta-percha. To ensure that the site of the procedure is sealed properly, we will place a dental adhesive and add a filling at the initial opening.
We may suggest additional restoration work such as a crown to protect your teeth and prevent them from breaking.
How to Care for Teeth After Surgery?
Your teeth may feel a little sensitive for a few days after root canal treatment. We will give you painkillers to reduce pain, and you can manage the swelling with an ice pack. We advise you to care for your teeth properly to prevent further decay or infection.
Brush, floss, and rinse your teeth with mouthwash regularly. Stay away from food items that are sticky or sugary. Visit us regularly for dental check-ups.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Zane Dental, Brooklyn Park, MN, call (763) 561-1200 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit Dentist Brooklyn Park MN at 7340 Zane Ave N. Brooklyn Park, MN 55443.