A root canal is a procedure performed by a dentist to treat an infection or inflammation of the pulp tissue of the tooth. The pulp tissue is the innermost layer of the tooth and contains nerves, connective tissues, and blood vessels.
A root canal is necessary when your tooth has become infected with bacteria. This infection can easily spread and can cause damage to the pulp inside of the tooth as well as the neighboring teeth. A root canal is a procedure whereby the dentist removes the infected pulp to save the tooth from extraction.
What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure?
Once the area is numbed, the dentist will make a small hole in the affected tooth to access the inner chamber and root canals. The Dentist in Baton Rouge, LA will remove the infected tissue from the root canals and thoroughly clean the area. The dentist will then fill the root canals with a material called gutta-percha and top it off with a temporary filling.
After the procedure, the treated tooth may be sensitive. Over-the-counter pain medications, such as acetaminophen, can help relieve any discomfort.
What Are the Advantages of Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is an effective way to treat an infection or abscess that has developed in the root of the tooth. A root canal is a straightforward procedure performed to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted.
Many patients prefer root canal therapy because it is nearly painless, unlike tooth extraction. Root canal therapy removes infected nerves and tissues while preserving the healthy tooth structure. Once the tooth has been treated, it can continue functioning normally, although a crown or other restoration is needed to protect the tooth from further damage.
What Happens After the Root Canal Procedure?
After a root canal procedure, patients can return to their normal routine. We will prescribe pain medication if necessary, as well as antibiotics and antibacterial mouthwash to help prevent infection.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at College Family Dentistry, call (225) 926-4640 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit us at 4616 Concord Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.