Root canals are an important tool in a dentist’s bag of tricks that can help save your tooth from being removed and allowing you to continue using your tooth. Many people cringe when they hear the word “root canal” but with modern anesthetic methods and improved treatment techniques, root canals are no more uncomfortable than have a filling replaced.
What are Root Canals?
Every tooth has blood vessels and nerves running through them. They enter through the roots of the teeth and travel up canals to the center of the tooth. The center of the tooth is called the pulp chamber. If the pulp chamber gets infected by either a cavity, dead nerve or any other reason, then there is no way to reverse the infection. At this point, there are only 2 options: root canal or extraction.
A root canal involves removing all blood vessels and nerves from inside the tooth. This is accomplished by making a small hole in the tooth that reaches the pulp chamber. Then using specialized files, the nerves and blood vessels are carefully removed from the chamber and from each root. The files travel down the canals in each root all the way to the end of the roots. A antimicrobial solution is also used to kill all bacteria and destroy the infection. Once all canals in the roots are cleaned and sterilized, they are filled with a rubber material called gutta percha. Then a final filling is placed to close the hole that was initially made. Your tooth is now infection-free and restored, and can be used to bite and chew once again. Teeth with root canals still have to be taken care of like all your other teeth, ie. brushed, flossed and cleaned. If they are not taken care of, they can become re-infected and the root canal would have to be re-done.
Teeth With Root Canals Should be Crowned
After a root canal, the tooth no longer has any new nutrients being deposited inside the tooth which leads to dehydration of the tooth. This causes the tooth to become somewhat weaker than regular teeth and more prone to fracture in the long run. In order to prevent root canalled teeth from cracking, it is recommended that these teeth have a prosthetic crown placed on them. A crown is like a cap that fits over your tooth, providing it with extra strength and stability. These crowns can be made from gold, white porcelain or a combination of both.
Looking For Root Canals Dentist Langley BC
If you are in need of a root canal or would like more information on about root canals, then give Langley Village Dental a call today and our dentist would be more than happy to assist you!