Many people use the term “root canals” to refer to root canal treatments. These are procedures aimed at fixing the core of the tooth, otherwise known as the pulp. The pulp is the heart of the tooth as it contains nerves, blood vessels, and some connective tissue.
At Sharon Dental Group in Sharon, MA, we know how uncomfortable root canal problems can be. They can disturb a person’s day to day life. If you’re having dental problems, we’ll be glad to assess your oral cavity and determine the cause. If root canal problems are identified, we’ll be able to treat them.
Patients with root canal problems often visit us with pain or increased sensitivity to hot and cold. At Sharon Dental Group, we start with obtaining a detailed and accurate history. This includes any chronic conditions you have or medications you’re taking.
After this is concluded, we’ll start examining your mouth using our tools. The examination can often tell us most of what we need, but we might ask for a dental x-ray. There are things dentists can’t see when they examine your mouth. For example, how deep is a cavity or if the problem is affecting the jawbone. An x-ray is great at telling us the extent of a problem.
We talked about how the root canal, or pulp, contains the nerves and blood vessels. Patients assume these procedures are going to hurt and make them uncomfortable. Rest assured that we’ll inject the affected area with local anesthesia and only start to work when it’s completely numb.
Next, we’ll need to expose the pulp of the tooth, which could involve creating an opening in the gum. The root canal treatment then begins by cleaning the area and removing all necrotic tissue. Once we’re sure that everything looks good, we’ll seal the gums again, so you don’t have any defects in your mouth.
The procedure will be explained in more depth when you visit us. We’ll also let you know if there are any special precautions that you need to take for a few days. Reach out to our staff as soon as possible if you are experiencing tooth pain.