Advancements in dental technology have forever altered the way that root canals are performed. Once among the most dreaded dental procedures, today’s root canal is a far easier process with a better outcome than in years past. At Ellem Dental, Dr. Lily Morgan is highly skilled in performing root canals and can help you save a damaged tooth and keep your smile intact. To schedule an appointment, call the Richardson, Texas office or try the online scheduling tool.
Pulp fills the inner chamber of your tooth. It contains the nerve of your tooth and a network of tiny blood vessels and connective tissues that nurture and sustain the tooth.
Your pulp can become infected due to advanced decay or trauma like a cracked or chipped tooth. An infected pulp can become inflamed and lead to significant pain if left untreated.
At that point, the only way to save the tooth is by removing the infected pulp and replacing it with a synthetic material, a process known as a root canal.
Once Dr. Morgan determines that a root canal is needed, you’ll receive a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable. If you suffer from dental anxiety, sedation options are available.
Besides those measures, every effort is made to ensure your comfort during treatment, whether that means offering a blanket, allowing the use of headphones, or various levels of sedation.
Once numb, the infected tooth is isolated using a small dental “dam.” Dr. Morgan creates a tiny opening in the upper portion of your tooth. A series of small instruments called files are used to remove the infected pulp and shape the inner chambers of your tooth.
Once the tooth is cleaned and prepared, Dr. Morgan uses a special biocompatible material and dental cement to fill the empty tooth chambers. A temporary filling closes the opening.
Dr. Morgan makes a mold of your tooth and sends it to a dental lab. They create a custom crown, and when it’s ready, you’ll return to have it bonded into place.
After a root canal, your restored tooth will look and function like the rest of your natural teeth. You can eat and speak normally, and because the nerve was removed from the tooth, there should be no lingering pain.
It’s important to note that after your root canal chambers are cleared and refilled, there’s a period before your new crown is ready. During that time, your tooth is incredibly vulnerable, and can easily crack or break.
Take care to avoid biting down with that tooth or otherwise placing undue pressure on it until your crown bonds into place. You should also continue your normal dental hygiene routine after your root canal.
If you’re in need of a root canal, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Ellem Dental.