Root Canal Therapy
Do you have a decayed tooth? Our office offers excellent root canal therapy in Casper. A root canal is a treatment that saves an infected or a severely decayed tooth. The term refers to the natural cavity in the center of the tooth and the canals in the roots where the tooth’s nerve resides.
What Is a Tooth’s Structure?
A tooth’s root canal system has a pulp chamber and small tunnels (canals) down the center of the roots. The nerves in the tooth conduct hot and cold sensations on the tooth and cause pain when they are attacked by decay or other factors.
Why Tooth Pulp Should Be Removed
Once a tooth’s nerve (also known as the pulp) is exposed to oral bacteria due to broken, cracked, or decayed teeth or tooth trauma, the pulp gets sick and starts to breakdown and begins to decompose. Bacteria begin to multiply in the pulp chamber and can cause an abscessed tooth or a more serious infection. An abscess is a pocket that forms at the tooth’s root tips. It will contain pus. A root canal infection could cause;
- Bone loss near the root’s tip.
- A drainage complication that spreads to the gums. A hole could appear at the tooth’s side draining waste into an individual’s oral cavity.
- An intense swelling of the face, head, and neck in the area of the damaged tooth.
How We Perform Root Canal Therapy
Dentists or endodontists can perform it. An endodontist specializes in the causes, diagnosis, mitigation, and treatment of nerve or pulp infections and injuries. The choice of the preferred dentist depends on the complexity of the required root canal therapy.
Once a patient visits us, we take their x-ray. This enables us to have a clear view of their tooth’s root canal structure and analyzing any visible signs of infection in adjacent bone. We then numb the area with anesthesia. To prevent the leakage of saliva into the tooth during the root canal procedure we isolate the affected tooth with a rubber dam. A hole is then drilled in the top of the tooth. This allows access so that the decayed tissue in the pulp chamber and root canals can be removed. The canals are cleaned to the root tips with very small files. A disinfectant solution is used during the procedure to kill bacteria inside the tooth. After the tooth’s inside is cleaned thoroughly, the dentist fills the tooth’s pulp chamber and root canals with a type of plastic called gutta percha and a sealer paste. The access opening is then filled to prevent saliva and other things from recontaminating the inside of the cleaned tooth.To get rid of saliva throughout the therapy, we insulate the affected tooth with a rubber dam. A dentist then drills a hole in the tooth. They then remove decayed nerves, debris and the pulp from the tooth. We use root canal files to clean the infected tooth. To scrub a root canal’s sides, a dentist places several files inside the access hole up to the roots. They later flush debris with a sodium hypochlorite solution. The final procedure is to restore the tooth. A tooth requiring a root canal often has to have a crown to protect it from breaking and to function properly. Tooth loss is a serious health concern to most people.
Contact us and book an appointment at our office. Our root canal therapy offers a long-term solution to tooth decay challenges.