A root canal is a procedure that treats a damaged or infected tooth by removing its pulp.
Before root canal procedures, commonly referred to as root canals, the only way to treat an infected tooth was to extract it, which can have wider consequences for your oral health. A root canal enables Dr. Burges to treat your damaged or infected tooth without drastically changing the natural structures of your tooth.
Many people mistakenly think that root canals are a scary or painful procedure. In reality, they’re no more painful than a simple dental filling. In fact, root canals alleviate the severe pain that comes from damaged or infected tooth pulp.
Your pulp is a soft tissue inside your tooth that’s composed of connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerve fibers. When it’s infected or damaged, it swells, which pinches the nerve fibers and causes a great deal of pain.
If your tooth pulp is infected or damaged, you need a root canal. Some of the symptoms of damaged or infected tooth pulp include:
Call Dr. Burges immediately if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms. A damaged or infected tooth can lead to more serious conditions if left untreated, like tooth loss, infection of your other teeth or jawbone, or sepsis.
Dr. Burges first takes an X-ray of your mouth to assess the extent of your tooth’s damage and to use it as a road map during the procedure. She then anesthetizes your tooth and protects the rest of your smile with a rubber dental dam.
Next, she drills a small access hole in the top of your tooth and uses a series of small files to scrape out all of your decayed tooth pulp. Once your tooth is free of dead pulp, she sterilizes the inside of your tooth and fills it with a rubbery compound called gutta-percha.
She fills the hole in the top of your tooth with a dental filling, then fits you with a crown to restore your tooth’s strength and structure.
If you have a damaged or infected tooth, don’t wait around any longer — it’s only going to get worse. Schedule your root canal with Dr. Burges today by calling the office or booking a visit online.