Sometimes when a tooth the decay is too large that it has reached the pulp (soft core) of the tooth, germs and bacteria are able to enter the pulp. This causes painful infections that could cause abscess to form at the root tip. If left untreated, it could affect the bone surrounding the tooth. Your dentist might even have to take it out, which creates a whole other level of problems.
Why see Dr. Philip Galvan for your next root canal? For starters, he makes it a point to discuss all options available to you during your initial consultation. When you come back for the procedure, he guides you on a step-by-step breakdown of how the whole process will work. He will also show you a diagram of how it looks like. This usually calms the nerves of fearful patients.
Root canals are long procedures that some dentists will require 2 to 3 visits to complete. Dr. Philip however usually completes the procedure in one pain-free visit, and since a tooth that has been root canalled is weaker, it is necessary to place a crown (link for crown and bridge) on top of it to support the remaining tooth structure. You will need to make another appointment to come back for the crown preparation at least 24 hours after the root canal therapy. On your third appointment (two weeks later), the newly prepared crown will be permanently cemented to the tooth.
With just 3 visits, your diseased tooth can have a whole new lease on life. This reduces the frequency of your trips to the dentist, which reduces stress and saves you valuable time that you could use elsewhere!
Here's how your tooth is saved through treatment:
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- First, an opening is made through the crown of the tooth.
- An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
- The pulp is then removed. The root canal(s) is cleaned and shaped to a form that can be filled.
- The pulp is removed, and the root canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped.
- Medications may be put in the pulp chamber and root canal(s) to help get rid of germs and prevent infection.
- A temporary filling will be placed in the crown opening to protect the tooth between dental visits. Your dentist may leave the tooth open for a few days to drain. You might also be given medicine to help control infection that may have spread beyond the tooth.
- The pulp chamber and root canals are filled and sealed.
- The temporary filling is removed and the pulp chamber and root canal(s) are cleaned and filled.
- In the final step, a gold or porcelain crown is usually placed over the tooth. If an endodontist performs the treatment, he or she will recommend that you return to your family dentist for this final step.
- The crown of the tooth is then restored.