“Endo'' is the Greek word for “inside” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.” A root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure used to treat badly damaged or infected teeth instead of removing it entirely.
To understand root canal treatment, it helps to know something about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue and creates the surrounding hard tissues of the tooth during development.
The pulp extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the roots where it connects to the tissues surrounding the root. The pulp is important during a tooth’s growth and development. However, once a tooth is fully mature it can survive without the pulp, because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
Root canal therapy is necessary when oral bacteria invade the pulp inside of your tooth or the tissue inside the root canal becomes inflamed. This usually happens when a cavity is left untreated for a long time. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks.
Here are other signs that you may need an immediate root canal dentist:
A root canal treatment can be performed in one or two visits at Gorgeous Smile Dental Clinic Arlington, VA and involves the following steps:
Step 1. Your dentist examines and takes a radiograph of your tooth using x-rays, then administers local anesthetic. After the tooth has gone numb, the dentist places a small protective sheet called a “dental dam” over the area to isolate the tooth and keep it clean and free of saliva during the procedure.
Step 2. The dentist will now make an opening in the crown of your tooth. Small instruments are used to clean the pulp from the pulp chamber and root canals and to shape the space for filling.
Step 3. After the space is cleaned and shaped, your root canal will be filled with a biocompatible material, usually a rubber-like material such as gutta-percha. The gutta-percha is placed with an adhesive cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canals. A temporary filling is placed to close the opening.
Experiencing tooth pain or swelling in the jaw can be scary. Fortunately, root canal treatment can remove infection at its source so you can feel better quickly.
If you notice any root canal symptoms, such as tooth pain, swelling, bad taste, or other warning signs, prompt treatment with the best dentist in Arlington, VA can prevent your tooth infection from spreading and relieve your pain so you can get back to your favorite hobbies and normal life.
To learn more about our root canal treatment in Arlington, VA, book your dental consultation at our website or reach us at (571) 380-7800.