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A root canal is one of today's most reliable restorative procedures. If you have an abscessed, broken, or extensively decayed tooth, Dr. Steve Yi, your dentist at El Paso Viva Dental in El Paso, TX, may recommend a root canal. Here are the details.
Root canals are common and uncommonly good
All together, dentists perform about 25 million root canal treatments annually, says the American Association of Endodontists. What is a root canal? This two-visit procedure removes inflamed soft pulp from inside a tooth's central chamber and the narrow passageways coursing down each root.
When exposed to bacteria, the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue inside a tooth become infected, causing the pain and inflammation associated with a dental abscess. Decay, injury and multiple dental procedures endanger the function and longevity of the tooth, leaving your dentist in El Paso,TX, with two options:
- Root canal therapy
Also called endodontic treatment, root canal therapy heals both the health and structure of the tooth. Dr.Yi cleans and disinfects the root canals, seals each one with elastic gutta-percha and covers the tooth with a temporary crown. After a short period of healing, you return to El Paso Viva Dental for the placement of a realistic and durable porcelain crown.
For decades, dentists and endodontists have used root canal therapy to save countless teeth. In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) continues to call it the "standard of care" whenever possible for teeth that are damaged and dying.
Signs you need a root canal
Dr. Yi will confirm the need for root canal therapy with a complete oral examination and digital X-ray imaging. Also, he looks for signs and symptoms such as:
- Throbbing toothache
- Reddened, swollen, tender gums
- Pimples or sores on the gums near the painful tooth
- A noticeable crack and/or darkened tooth enamel
- Bad breath
- Sensitivity to heat, cold or pressure
Fortunately, root canal therapy resolves these symptoms, and patients feel better quickly. The procedure is comfortable, with local anesthetic numbing the area surrounding the tooth. Antibiotics may be prescribed if the tooth was infected.
Find out more
Get the help you need for your sick tooth. Contact Dr. Steve Yi at El Paso Viva Dental for a root canal consultation. Phone us at (915) 751-1007.
Root Canals can be essential if you have an infected tooth. Root canals aren't painful, they actually relieve pain. Your El Paso, TX, dentist, Dr. Steve Yi, of El Paso Viva Dental can treat your tooth pain.
More About Root Canals
Modern technology has come a long way, allowing your dentist to treat your tooth pain. A tooth is composed of several layers:
- The outermost layer is enamel. It's the white part of the tooth and also happens to be the strongest part.
- The second layer, under the enamel, it is called dentin. This layer is yellowish and a bit softer.
- The third layer of the tooth is called pulp. It consists of blood vessels and nerves.
- The last layer is the cementum. This part anchors the whole tooth to the jawbone.
When a cavity is deep enough to infiltrate the enamel, then the dentin, reaching the pulp and resulting in pain. Your El Paso dentist will need to remove the pulp, clean and disinfect the canal from any bacteria remaining, then seal the canal to prevent any more bacteria from entering.
Why would I need a root canal?
One of the main reasons people end up needing a root canal is because of poor oral hygiene. If you don't brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once, then you will suffer from plaque and tartar building up. Plaque and tartar are not only difficult to clean at some point, but you have to deal with bacteria eating away at your teeth.
Here are some ways to avoid dental decay:
- Brush and floss on a regular basis
- Avoid eating sugary foods and drinks
- Drink plenty of water to remove food debris
If you have any questions or concerns about root canals, don't hesitate to call your El Paso, TX, dentist, Dr. Steve Yi. Call today to schedule an appointment: (915) 751-1007.
Are you concerned about a tooth but don't know if a root canal is the right treatment for you? Our El Paso, TX, dentist, Dr. Steve Yi of El Paso Viva Dental, explains how you can benefit from a root canal.
Why are root canals performed?
Root canal therapy is used to treat pain caused by an inflammation or infection in the center of your tooth by removing the pulp. Pulp is located under the harder enamel and dentin layers of your tooth and is composed of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Although tooth pulp plays an important role during the formation of your teeth, it isn't vital to a tooth's functioning. In fact, after a root canal, your tooth will look and feel the same. You can continue to eat normally, and no one will ever be able to tell that you had a root canal.
What happens during a root canal?
Many of the steps in the root canal process are very similar to those used to treat cavities. After you receive a local anesthetic to numb your mouth, the tooth is opened, and the pulp is removed. Following removal of the pulp, the tooth is thoroughly cleaned. Tiny files are then used to clean and shape the root canals that travel from the tip of your tooth to the roots. In most cases, you'll receive a temporary filling at the end of your first appointment, a step that ensures that any traces of infection will have time to drain.
In a week or two, you'll return to our El Paso office for a permanent filling. In most cases, you'll also need a crown to strengthen your treated tooth.
How do root canals treat pain?
Removing the pulp eliminates the source of your pain. Although some patients are worried that root canal therapy will be painful, keeping you comfortable throughout the procedure is a priority. Treated teeth can be a little sensitive for a week or two after treatment, but mild pain or sensitivity will soon go away.
Protect and preserve an inflamed or infected tooth with root canal therapy. Call our El Paso, TX, dentist, Dr. Yi of El Paso Viva Dental, at (915) 751-1007 to schedule an appointment.