Inside the rugged exterior of your tooth lies an open chamber that’s full of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. Combined, these soft tissues are known as tooth pulp. Sometimes, damage to your tooth’s structure, such as a crack or decay, can lead to an opening where bacteria have access to your pulp.
Over time, as these bacteria thrive, an infection develops, and your dentist needs to remove the pulp to save your tooth. Because your dentist only needs to remove the pulp during a root canal, your tooth’s structure stays in place. This allows you to:
- Prevent shifting of teeth
- Maintain your natural bite
- Prevent bone and gum tissue loss
Root canals are also beneficial for treating teeth that are overly sensitive to extreme temperatures.
How does a dentist perform a root canal?
The highly skilled dental providers at iSmile Dental have extensive training and experience providing the latest root canal treatments. Additionally, because of dramatic advancements and improvements in dental tools and technology, a modern root canal procedure is quicker, less invasive, and more effective than in years past.
During your root canal at iSmile Dental, your dentist numbs the tissues surrounding your tooth and creates a tiny opening in your tooth with the dental drill. Using thin dental tools, your dentist then carefully extracts your tooth’s pulp and disinfects the entire inner chamber.
To lower your risk of future bacteria buildup, your dentist also reshapes the chambers and fills in the opening with a soft dental filling called gutta-percha. Once your root canal is complete, your dentist creates a temporary crown to protect your tooth.
They also use iTero® digital imaging technology to capture detailed pictures and measurements of your tooth. This information is sent to the dental lab for crown fabrication, which can take a few weeks. You need to come back for one more appointment so your dentist can bond your permanent crown into place.
Is it painful to get a root canal?
iSmile Dental providers perform root canals using gentle dental techniques, so you can expect to feel comfortable during your procedure. Most patients report that getting a root canal feels no different than having a cavity filled. You should experience little-to-no discomfort.
If you require a root canal, book an evaluation at iSmile Dental as soon as possible. You can conveniently schedule with either office through the website or by calling the office nearest you.