If you have a toothache, you may have an infected tooth that requires treatment with a root canal. At Whitestone Family Dentistry, Dr. Chris Mun is here to help. With his years of experience in endodontic treatment, you’ll be in good hands. Dr. Mun can help you restore your tooth, eliminate pain and discomfort, and avoid future complications. Contact us now for an appointment.
Root canal therapy or a “root canal” for short is a treatment used to treat infected teeth and prevent them from dying and falling out of your mouth. Tooth infections usually happen due to uncontrolled decay that eats through the outer layers of your tooth, or serious dental trauma that cracks or breaks the tooth.
When this happens, the interior pulp is exposed to bacteria. This pulp is what keeps the tooth alive, and it’s full of nerves and blood vessels. When it’s attacked by bacteria, it will start to die, usually causing a lot of pain and discomfort.
A root canal is done to prevent this. In this treatment, the tooth is opened up, cleaned, and disinfected to remove the damaged pulp and kill bacteria. Then, Dr. Mun will fill it up and cover it with a filling or crown to prevent further damage.
The process of a root canal is quite simple. To start with, Dr. Mun will numb your mouth and thoroughly clean the treatment area. He may also opt to isolate the tooth with a dental dam to reduce bacteria spread.
Then, he will open the tooth up using a dental drill. Through a small opening on the tooth’s surface, Dr. Mun will remove all of the decayed and infected pulp from your tooth. Then, he will clean it and fill it up with a rubber-like material that strengthens the inside of the tooth.
Finally, a filling or temporary crown will be applied. You will likely need to come back to our office to get a custom-fitted dental crown, which will protect your tooth from further damage.
No. The process of getting a root canal is actually completely pain-free. Your mouth will be numbed, and we also offer sedation to help you feel more comfortable during your treatment at Whitestone Family Dentistry.
In fact, since a root canal can eliminate the pain of a toothache, you’ll likely feel a lot better after your procedure at our office. Though your tooth may feel a bit sore and tender for a few days after your treatment, this will go away quickly as you heal.
This depends on your own unique situation. Some patients will be able to keep a treated tooth for the rest of their lives, while some may need to have the tooth replaced after 10-20 years.
To maximize the longevity of a root canal, proper at-home oral hygiene and preventive care from a dentist are essential, so make sure that you’re seeing Dr. Mun every six months for a checkup, and continue brushing and flossing properly at home.