Once among the most dreaded dental procedures, root canals have come a long way in recent years, and are now relatively painless and commonly performed. For residents of Tampa and New Port Richey, Florida, Maryam Rostami, DMD, of Smile Bright Dental offers compassionate and top-quality root canal services. Learn more during a one-on-one consultation, which you can book online or by phone today.
A root canal is a treatment used to restore and strengthen an infected tooth. To understand the procedure, it helps to envision the structure of your teeth.
The outermost layer of each tooth is a thin layer or hard tissue called enamel. Just beneath lies another layer of hard tissue called dentin. Beneath your dentin is a hollow chamber filled with a soft tissue called pulp.
Your pulp is filled with connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerves. It’s a critical component of tooth development, but as an adult you don’t really need your pulp to keep your teeth healthy. When your pulp becomes infected, the only way to address the problem (without extracting the tooth) is to remove the pulp, which is what a root canal accomplishes.
There are several ways your tooth pulp can become infected. Advanced decay is one potential cause; if you have this it means bacteria have entered your tooth and multiplied.
Traumatic injury like cracked or chipped teeth can also lead to infection. Recent dental procedures can allow bacteria to take hold, and in some cases infection can develop after a tooth is bumped during a fall or other accident.
The process begins with a thorough exam to determine if a root canal is necessary. X-rays are taken, and if there are signs of infection Dr. Rostani can begin your procedure the same day.
You’ll receive numbing medication to help you remain comfortable during the procedure. Dr. Rostani creates a small opening in your tooth to gain access to the inner chamber.
A series of thin tools called files are used to clean out all traces of pulp and reshape the inner chamber. The area is rinsed and disinfected before a material called gutta percha is cemented into place to fill the chamber.
The access hole is closed with a small filling, and imaging or impressions are made to create your crown. Once your crown is ready it’s cemented into position to fully cover the tooth, and your restoration is complete.
If you suspect you need a root canal, or would like to get to the bottom of tooth pain or other symptoms, call the office to book a visit or try the easy online scheduling tool.