A root canal treatment is one of today's most successful restorative procedures. Performed by Dr. George Zatarain at Z Dentistry in Reno, NV, root canals save teeth from further damage or worse, extraction. What tells your dentist you need a root canal?
What is a root canal?
Actually, it is part of every tooth in your mouth. Large teeth, such as molars, have up to 4 of these slender passageways which contain blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. This pulp nourishes and supports teeth as they develop.
Unfortunately, this pulp may become inflamed and infected when damaged by decay, trauma, or other circumstance. When it does, the tooth may fail, requiring extraction or in many cases, root canal therapy.
Root canal therapy, or endodontics, is a painless procedure that helps patients at Z Dentistry in Reno keep their teeth for years. After an exam and X-rays, the dentist injects a local anesthetic and opens the tooth to access each canal. He extracts the diseased pulp with small files, smoothing and shaping the canal to receive disinfecting medication and a rubbery sealant.
Typically, Dr. Zatarain covers the tooth with a temporary cap. After a week or so of healing at home, the patient returns to the office to receive a permanent porcelain crown.
What are the signs you need one?
Healthline reports that persistent dental pain is one of the symptoms which may qualify you for a root canal. Others include:
- Dental sensitivity when you eat something cold or hot or simply bite down on a piece of food
- Darkened gum tissue and tooth enamel (indicating a reduced blood supply)
- An obvious crack or chip
- Deep decay
- Pus at the gum line
- Foul discharge
- Bad breath
Caring for your tooth afterward
After your root canal procedure, you'll want to use ibuprofen or acetaminophen for minor discomfort for a day or two. Also, eat a soft diet until your tooth feels completely comfortable. Root canal procedures are highly successful, says the American Association of Endodontists. So if Dr. Zatarain advises you have one, you can expect a good result.
Contact Z Dentistry
At Z Dentistry, Dr. Zatarain and his exceptional team save scores of teeth annually with precise, comfortable root canal therapy. If you have a troublesome tooth, contact our Reno office for a consultation with this highly skilled dentist. Phone (775) 331-1616.