Root Canal Therapy Procedure
Root canal therapy is an effective treatment for a tooth when the pulp has been damaged by an untreated cavity or trauma. The damage to the tooth enamel and dentin can allow bacteria to reach the pulp at the center of the tooth, if this happens, the pulp will become infected. Antibiotics are unable to reach the infection inside the tooth, making root canal therapy the only treatment option other than extraction. Every year, root canal therapy saves approximately 24 million teeth that would have otherwise been extracted.
There are a number a number of myths about root canal therapy, the most common is that the procedure is more painful than the toothache they were experiencing prior to treatment. The fact is, patients are numb when the procedure is performed and they experience no pain, and what they may feel after treatment is minor soreness. Yukon patients often compare he minimal amount of pain that is associated with this procedure to that of receiving a dental filling.
Once the pulp is infected, if root canal therapy is not preformed, the infection can spread. This often results in painful and dangerous abscesses. If this happens, it is likely Dr. Rykard will have to extract the tooth. Once the tooth is extracted, it is necessary for a fixed dental bridge or implant to be placed to preserve aesthetics, oral health, and prevent the need for other dental procedures.
What happens during root canal therapy?
Before Dr. Rykard begins root canal therapy, he will make sure the tooth and all surrounding tissue is numb. He starts by making a small hole on the top or back of the tooth so he can access the pulp chamber. He will remove the infected pulp, then clean and disinfect the chamber and the tooth’s roots. Once this is done, he will seal and fill the tooth. Depending on the location of the tooth that received the root canal therapy, Dr. Rykard may recommend a dental crown be placed on it. If this were necessary, it would be done during a future appointment.
If you have been suffering with a toothache, or have experienced an abscess, call Dr. Rykard’s office today at (405) 896-6919.