In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you would probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called root canal treatment, you may save that tooth. Natomas Crossing Dental Care offers state-of-the-art root canal therapy in Sacramento. Our professional staff treats you with care and compassion, striving to keep you as comfortable as possible during the procedure.
Why do I need root canal therapy?
Inside each tooth are both the pulp and the nerve. The nerve is the vestige of the tissue that originally formed the tooth. Once the tooth has been in the mouth for a time, the functioning of the nerve is no longer necessary.
When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp. Germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. Left without treatment, pus builds up at the root tip in the jawbone, forming a “pus pocket” called an abscess. An abscess can cause the pulp tissue to die. When the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result. Certain by-products of the infection can injure your jawbone and affect your overall health. Without treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.
What is the procedure?
During treatment, your general dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems of the pulp) removes the diseased pulp. Next, the pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are cleaned and sealed. Teeth that have endodontic treatment need to have a crown placed to strengthen the remaining structure. Then as long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing and checkups, the root(s) of your restored tooth are nourished by the surrounding tissues and the restored tooth can last a lifetime.
Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort, involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!