If you have a throbbing toothache, it is possible that a cavity has gone too deep, and the bacteria has infected the pulp of the tooth. The only way to save this tooth from extraction is a Root Canal Treatment.
This treatment will remove the infection from the tooth. Then, you will need a crown to cover the tooth as soon as possible, or you will still be at risk of losing the tooth from recurrent infection or fracture the tooth. Wouldn't you rather have the both procedures done in one visit with sedation?
Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry and the most common procedure relating to endodontic. When a tooth becomes infected, it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed. If left untreated, an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.
The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. The dentist will then drill into the tooth to create an opening into the canal. They will then be able to remove infected tissue, and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space is filled with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is covered with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.
Root Canal Treatment has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less "scary". Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little-to-no pain in most cases. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over-the-counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterward, but your dentist may prescribe medication. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard. If you are experiencing pain, consult your dentist today.
Why do you need a crown (or a cap) after a root canal treatment has done?
Root canal therapy is performed to remove infection at the apex of the tooth, but it will leave the tooth vulnerable to fracture. A crown will protect the tooth abd restore its function and appearance.
At SofTouch-Dental, we can perform the root canal therapy and place a crown in just one visit, as opposed to multiple visits.
As we get a little older, our teeth begin to change and are prone to decay. There are many possible reasons for this change in your smile. These reasons can include bruxism (teeth grinding), general decay, cracked fillings, root canals, and many others. If your tooth is beyond repair with a filling material, we may recommend that the best viable option to save the tooth is a full crown. The advantages of this type of restoration in a badly damaged tooth are durability, cosmetic appearance, and overall support of the chewing function.
If we decide that you are in need of a full crown, there are a few different options for the repair of your tooth. These options include a full porcelain crown, a porcelain fused to metal or gold crown, or a full gold crown. We will make the determination as to which of these options is the most appropriate for your situation. You can be comfortable in knowing that your new tooth will be virtually unnoticeable and will flawlessly complement the rest of your smile.
If you are not having a one-day crown, the traditional crown procedure begins with the removal of all decay in the tooth. Once we have removed the decay, we will take an impression of the tooth. This impression will be sent to our lab where your new restoration will be crafted. While this new tooth is created, we will provide you with a temporary restoration. Our temporary restorations will resemble your natural teeth so that you can continue with your daily life without worrying about a missing or incompatible tooth.
During your second visit to the office, we will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. This crown will be fitted comfortably into the mouth. We will work to ensure that the new tooth feels exactly like one of your natural teeth. The final step in the process is to cement the crown into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.
At SofTouch Dental, Dr. Nguyen can perform Root Canal/Crown in just ONE VISIT. Call us today at (407) 602-3502.