At Spectrum Dental, we perform a root canal in order to remove diseased or infected pulp tissue from within the patient's tooth. Dr. Chan will clean the inner chambers of the tooth, and then fill them to prevent further infection.
The inner tissue of a tooth consists of lymph tissue, nerve tissue and blood vessels, and is a vital component of a tooth's health and lifespan. If a tooth's pulp becomes exposed to severe decay, or bacteria, or deep fractures from trauma, the tooth begins to die. Root canals need to be performed to prevent and eliminate infection in order to save and preserve the tooth from any further infection in the future. If required, antibiotics will be provided a number of days before your scheduled visit.
The dentist will begin by administering an anesthetic, numbing the tooth, preventing you from feeling any sensitivity. A specialized drill will be used to access the inner chambers of the tooth which will then be cleaned and disinfected to remove any traces of bacteria. Once the infection is removed, the tooth will be filled with either anti- bacterial materials or composite resin. The access hole to the tooth's canals are also sealed. In some cases, a temporary filling is used to seal the entry to the canals. Once the tooth has healed, the dentist may suggest a permanent restoration such as a crown or dental filling to better restore the tooth's strength and functionality. If you experience discomfort or soreness, medication may be prescribed to help your recovery.