Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

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Root canal therapy may look like a scary and complicated dental treatment but in reality, it is one of the most in-demand dental procedures available. Root canal therapy usually requires no more than two sessions and a few follow-ups as suggested. If you have been struggling with a severe toothache, sensitivity, discoloration, or swelling in the tooth, call Star28 Dental Clinic and we will help you find out if you are in need of root canal therapy and perform the treatment. 


Why Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal treatments are helpful in removing bacteria, plaque, and dead or dying tissues from teeth. Pulp present within the tooth may become infected with bacteria formation due to severe injury or some untreated cavity issues. If treatment is not initiated at the early stages, the infection may grow and begin to cause more pain over time. As a result, it may become vital to remove the tooth to diminish the pain. 


Root Canal Treatment Procedure

Root canal therapy is a straightforward process. Initially, local anesthesia will be used to numb the tooth and gums in the surrounding areas. With the help of a dental dam, the tooth is isolated to keep it clean and dry throughout the process. The inside portion of the tooth is accessed with small drills and the uppermost portion of the tooth is gradually exposed for treatment. The damaged pulp is cleared from the inner portion of the tooth and the inner chamber is shaped and checked for any more infection. Some antimicrobial solutions might also be used to kill the remaining bacteria and prevent further infection.


Gutta-percha, a rubber-like material, is then forced into the tooth chamber after it is thoroughly cleaned and dried. The opening of the tooth will be closed with a temporary filling until it is time for permanent crowning. Within a few weeks, permanent crowns are placed for a final restoration. A crown or a different kind of restoration can be supported and made stable with a supporting post within the root chamber.


Root Canal Therapy After-care and Precautions

Root canal treatments require good after-care by the patient on a regular basis. Regular brushing and flossing will help patients maintain good oral hygiene. Annual dental cleanings and routine examinations will also help. In order to ensure all signs of infection are completely gone, a treated tooth might require procedures like x-rays. For a few days after the treatment, the tooth may be a little sensitive but with time and over-the-counter medications, discomfort and sensitivity will gradually go away. 


Teeth recently treated with a procedure like a root canal can stay healthy for a long time with proper dental care and attention. Root canals are not as painful as you may have heard from others. Let one of our professional team members handle your case to provide you with a root canal procedure. For a long-term, healthy and pain-free smile, come see our team at Star28 Dental Clinic for a root canal therapy. If you need to get your decayed and infected tooth repaired right away and root canal therapy seems to be the best solution, call us at (714) 523-2828 right now!