Root Canal Treatment and Root Spot Inflammation

For a dentist, root canal treatment is a term that he or she often uses, but does the person in the dental chair know what will happen during a root canal? Another word for a root canal is nerve treatment. When is a root canal treatment necessary? What is root point inflammation?

The Makeup of a Tooth
A tooth or molar consists of a crown and one or more roots. The part of the root or roots that protrude above the jaw bone, but is covered by gums, is the neck. With recessed gums, you can see the lower part of the crown and later the neck. The crown is made up of an outer layer consisting of sturdy, translucent tooth enamel and an inner layer comprised of less hard dentin. The dentin controls the color of the teeth and molars. The tooth root consists of dentin that is covered with a layer of root cement. Inside the crown and roots is a room where the pulp is. The pulp consists of connective tissue containing: blood vessels, nerves and cells that form dentin.

Root canal treatment
Root canal treatment is about removing pulp from the root canal. If the pulp is infected or has died due to the inflammation, the pulp room is drilled open. A thin needle with barbs is used to remove the pulp. With a needle-shaped file, the root canal is cleaned of dead pulp and bacteria. The goal is to get a sterile channel. After all these steps, the root canal is sealed airtight.

When is root canal treatment necessary?
Treatment is necessary in all cases where the pulp is inflamed or possibly infected. In most cases, the pulp is affected by caries, but a root canal treatment can also be done if a large piece of a tooth is broken down and the pulp is exposed. If a dentist starts drilling and there is a lot of dental caries so that the root canal opens up, then root canal treatment is usually required.

Can a root canal treatment always be performed?
No, a root canal treatment cannot always be performed. In case of severe inflammation of the root point, the dentist will usually refer to a dental surgeon for efficient removal of the root of a tooth or molar and the tissue around it. This is also necessary if a root canal treatment fails and inflammation persists. It is also possible that the tooth or molar must be pulled.

Is treatment of the root canal painful?
With an anesthetic, root canal treatment is usually not painful.

How much time does the dentist need for a root canal treatment?
How long the root canal treatment takes depends on the number of root canals. You have to think about a treatment time from thirty minutes to an hour and a half.

Control photo
Usually a half-year to a year after a root canal treatment, a control photo is made to see if the inflammatory process has stopped.

Root spot inflammation
A root-point inflammation, also called periapical inflammation, is an inflammation of the tissue around the root of a tooth or molar. Inflammation of the root point occurs when caries after the tooth crown also affect the pulp in the root canal and then the root tip. In most cases, someone has no vague complaints. The dentist takes x-rays. Sometimes the inflammation is acute, and then the person has a severe toothache. If the pain becomes even more severe and throbbing, then there is an abscess. It will be examined whether treatment of the root canal is possible. If the inflammation is too strong or a root canal treatment is not successful, a root point operation is performed, or the tooth or molar is pulled.

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Root Canal Therapy

You have probably heard of root canal therapy before but may be unaware of what it actually involves. That’s not surprising given how many different misconceptions there are about the root canal. In fact, its reputation for pain and undue discomfort is unwarranted given advances in dental technology and dental care techniques.

When you meet with a Denver cosmetic dentist you’ll be able to learn more about this and other dental treatment options in greater detail. We’d like to go over some of the basics of root canal treatment right now so you have a good general understanding of what is involved and what to expect from treatment.

The Structure of Your Teeth

Within each tooth is pulp chamber. This pulp chamber contains soft tissue known as dental pulp. The dental pulp helps nourish the tooth and also contains nerve endings that are connected to the tooth root and jawbone.

When the dental pulp within a tooth is infected by bacteria, advanced restorative dentistry treatment is needed to ensure the infection does not spread and lead to further dental problems. This procedure is known as a root canal.

What Root Canal Therapy Means for Patients

A root canal involves the removal of the diseased dental pulp following severe tooth decay or serious damage to the tooth. By undergoing a root canal, patients will ensure that their natural tooth is saved and will not need to be extracted. Avoiding extraction is ideal since maintaining as much natural tooth structure as possible ensures better dental health in the long run.

Ideal Candidates for Root Canal Therapy

The best candidates for root canal therapy are people who have experienced major tooth decay or a serious tooth injury that has caused harm to the dental pulp. We will determine if a root canal or another dental treatment will be ideal for a patient during the consultation process at our Denver cosmetic and restorative dentistry center.

The Root Canal Procedure

During the root canal procedure, local anesthetic is administered to reduce any pain or discomfort experienced. The tooth is carefully drilled into in order to access the pulp chamber. The pulp within the tooth is removed and the pulp chamber is sterilized to kill any remaining bacteria. An inert material is used to fill the tooth and the tooth is then capped with a dental crown to strengthen it and protect it from further harm.

Other Options for Restorative Dentistry

In some instances, a tooth will need to be removed if it cannot be saved with a root canal. There are different ways to address the issue of a missing tooth. Sometimes a dental bridge will be ideal, though in other cases it may be better for the patient to receive Denver dental implants. These artificial tooth roots will be able to support a bridge or an individual dental crown. We will go over all of your options for effective dental care during your visit.

Learn More About Advanced Dental Care Treatments

For more information about root canal therapy and your many other options for advanced dental care treatments, be sure to contact our Denver cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best possible decisions about your dental health and dental care needs.