Repairing Teeth with Root Canals
Your teeth are actually composed to 3 layers. You are probably familiar with the outermost layer, enamel. Inside this is a layer of a substance called dentin, and inside that is the dental pulp. This innermost layer is where the nerve of your tooth resides. This enables you to feel your teeth despite the fact that they are rigid structures. Sometimes the dental pulp can become damaged or infected, and the best way to treat it is with a root canal in Lincoln, NE. Long thought of as a very painful procedure, modern root canals are actually very routine and cause minimal discomfort. Dr. Chris and Dr. Claire Haag want you to know the signs that you might need a root canal, as well as what to expect when you get one at Pioneer Greens Dentistry.
Reasons You Might Need a Root Canal
The dental pulp in your tooth can become damaged primarily in two ways. Either a cavity has been left alone for an extended period of time and the decay has worked its way to the pulp, or some kind of trauma has occurred to the tooth. Once the dental pulp has been affected, this will often times cause a lot of pain since it is dealing with the nerve. Here are some other signs that you might need a root canal:
- Red, swollen, or sensitive gums near a tooth
- Pain when biting down on a particular tooth
- A bump on the gums right below a tooth
- Swelling along the face and cheek
These are all common signs that the dental pulp has become infected or injured, and in most cases it needs to be quickly treated with a root canal so that the tooth itself can be saved.
What to Expect When Getting a Root Canal
Over the years, root canals have garnered a dubious reputation, and unfortunately, it is quite misleading. Thanks to local anesthesia, the patient will be completely numbed to any physical discomfort they might feel. The pain often associated with a root canal often stems from the infection or injury itself, not the procedure. Root canals are intended to relive your pain, not cause it.
Whenever you come in to get a root canal with your dentist in Lincoln, NE, it will involve 3 basic steps:
- An access hole will be created in your tooth so that the dental pulp can be reached
- This pulp will be removed and the area will be sanitized to help prevent infection
- The hole will then be filled in order to help reinforce the tooth’s structure
Depending on how much of your tooth needed to be removed, you might need to come back so it can be fully restored with a crown (which we can do in one-visit). Your tooth may feel slightly more sensitive after a root canal, but it will feel much better than it did before.
If you would like to know more about root canals and how they can help, please give us a call today. We’re always ready to answer your questions so that you know exactly what to expect whenever you come into our office.