Endodontics, is a branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of oral pain emanating from the pulp and root of the tooth. This treatment includes root canal therapy and retreatment of previous root canals.
The endodontics procedures used in Dr. Bhoots’s Leawood office, are safe, and comfortable. Our dental staff does everything possible ensure you the best possible experience. Please contact us today to learn more about our endodontic (root canal) procedures.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or has become infected. Dentists perform this procedure when the nerve of a tooth has become infected or when the pulp of the tooth has become damaged. The procedure involves the removal of both the nerve and the pulp followed by a cleaning of the inside of the tooth. We then seal the tooth.
Is it Painful?
While root canal procedures have a reputation for being painful, in actuality most patients report that the procedure itself is no more painful than a basic filling. The only real discomfort felt by our patients is the pain occurring before they seek treatment.
What is the Pulp?
The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the center of the tooth. The tooth’s nerve are within the root canals, which are within the roots of the tooth. The root canals travel from the roots into the pulp chamber. The pulp chamber also contains blood vessels and connective tissues that help to nourish the tooth.
Will Removing the Nerve Kill the Tooth?
A tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.
What happens if I don’t get a Root Canal?
When nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to grow within the pulp chamber. The bacteria can cause an infection or abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the roots of the tooth. In addition to an abscess, an infection in the root canal of a tooth can cause; swelling that may spread to other areas of the face, neck, or head; bone loss around the tip of the root; drainage problems extending outward from the root. A hole can occur through the side of the tooth with drainage into the gums or through the cheek with drainage into the skin.
Do I need a Root Canal?
Signs you may need a root canal include:
- Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure.
- Prolonged sensitivity/pain to heat or cold temperatures (after the hot or cold has been removed)
- Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
However, sometimes no symptoms are present. One of our dentists will be glad to exam your teeth and determine if a root canal is necessary.