When a tooth root becomes infected, it may be necessary to perform a root canal. This can happen due to a cavity, a broken tooth or some sort of trauma. When an infection takes hold, it can cause a lot of pain. A more serious consequence of root infection is the loss of the tooth. In the past, there was only one way to handle root abscesses and infections and that was to remove the tooth. Modern dentistry has given us a way to save the tooth through a procedure called a root canal.
There are 15 million root canals done each year in America. At Model Smile Dentistry in Thousand Oaks, the trend is up for root canal as more of the population reaches retirement age. The technique for root canal, and the materials used in the procedure have advanced through the past decade making this treatment a viable option for almost all tooth loss issues.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure which removes infected tissue called pulp. This tissue is located in a channel in the root of the tooth. Some teeth have one root; molars have two or three depending on which molar is infected. As the roots are developing, the nerves and blood vessels within the pulp provide nourishment.
After the teeth are fully formed it is safe to remove the pulp as nourishment to the root comes from the surrounding tissues in the tooth socket. Infected pulp can cause pain in the tooth. An infected root can also create an abscess at the tip which then infects the surrounding structure.
Root Canal Procedure
During a root canal the infected pulp is totally removed and the empty canal is cleaned and disinfected. Any abscess found at the root tip can then be successfully treated since the source of the infection has been eliminated.
The channel is then filled with a sterile material called gutta-percha which is a natural rubber like material derived from a particular tree. This material is used to fill the now empty channel and to seal the entire structure from future contamination by bacteria. This is a critical step of the procedure and must be done by an experienced root canal dentist such as Dr. Chow. The final step is either a crown or a filling to restore a natural functioning tooth.
Maintaining Oral health Through Root Canal Treatment
Root canal is a valuable procedure to not only restore a cosmetically appealing smile. By saving a natural tooth, the surrounding structures of the jaw are protected from bone loss and other conditions that arise through tooth loss. Nothing feels like a natural tooth or functions exactly as a natural tooth.
Is a Root Canal painful?
In Dr. Chow's expert hands, a root canal is a simple procedure. You do not have to dread getting a root canal due to his practiced skills. If needed, Dr. Chow is proficient with sedations that will help you relax. The tooth will be numbed, and Dr. Chow will then remove any damaged areas of the infected tooth.
The pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels that were used when the root was developing. Unlike other tissue, it does not have the ability to heal itself. This is why pain from infected pulp continues to intensify. Once the pulp is removed the tooth cannot feel pain from within. If an abscess formed at the tip of the root, antibiotics will be prescribed which will remove the source of any pain at the root tip.
Despite the jokes about root canal that we have all heard, the procedure is painless for most people. Dr. Chow has a gentle touch which is why he is considered a top tier dentist for root canal in Thousand Oaks & Westlake Village. Patients who are nervous about the procedure are encouraged to be frank about their fears.
World Class Root Canal Treatment
Dr. Chow will also give you a follow-up call that evening or the next day to see how you are doing. When you receive this level of care, you know you are in great hands.
His goal is to provide his patients with outstanding dental care, from simple fillings through complex root canal. Being comfortable in the dentist chair is very important to Dr. Chow as he realizes that relaxed patients will not postpone vital dental care.
If you have symptoms such as pain, swelling or sensitivity to hot and cold foods, book an appointment with Dr. Chow. He will perform a thorough examination and if you do need a root canal, you can rest assured you will receive among the best root canal available in Thousand Oaks & Westlake Village.
Schedule a Consultation
We welcome the opportunity to help you understand the state of your oral health with a consultation with Thousand Oaks dentist, Dr. Albert Chow. He will conduct a thorough examination and discuss the results with you, ensuring you understand all of your dental options.