Who doesn’t hate a toothache? Toothaches can be excruciating, especially if they refuse to get better. Do you feel gum pain, specifically around a particular tooth? Do different temperatures in your drinks cause your teeth to throb painfully?
All of these signs can point to a potential need for a root canal. The pulp of your tooth is in the center of its body when this area gets infected, it can be incredibly painful. Typically, these infections are the direct result of a cavity that allows bacteria to reach this sensitive area of your teeth. When these bacteria attack your healthy tissue, pain occurs.
To repair this damage you can either remove the tooth or perform a root canal. A root canal effectively removes some of the pulp so that your general dentist eliminates the infection altogether. At Nevada Dentistry and Braces, which is located in Las Vegas, NV.
Here’s how we do it:
- First, we prepare the tooth similarly to how we deal with cavities.
- Second, we make a small hole in the tooth so that we can reach the root area where you find the pulp tissue.
- The third step requires removing the nerves and vessels of the pulp, which virtually eradicates the pain.
- The fourth step requires the administration of filling material that locks the inside of the tooth away and protects it from additional bacteria.
- The final step is rebuilding the tooth and placing a dental crown over it.
As one of the primary procedures in the general dentistry of today, root canals can typically be done to completely preclude extraction. After a root canal is complete, the freshly crowned tooth will be virtually infection-free due to the sturdy nature of dental crowns.
How We Know If You Can Have a Root Canal
Typically, it’ll take a few tests before we know that we can treat your core pulp infection with a root canal. We’ve done a number of root canals in our Las Vegas, NV office, and the first step is typically running a CAT scan so that we can see inside the core of the tooth.
These CT scans usually have the ability to identify infections better than many of the other high-tech solutions that we have on hand in our office. This is because CT scans provide images in three dimensions that allow our general dentists to identify abscesses and receive an accurate representation of the pulp anatomy.
As one of the primary restorative procedures in dentistry, root canals are often covered by the majority of insurance policies. Since Nevada Dentistry and Braces provides the majority of dental and orthodontic procedures in-house, you can rest assured that we can provide you with a root canal procedure that will be comfortable and high-quality. If you have been experiencing a nagging toothache, take a second and contact us so that we can sit down for a consultation.