A damaged or infected tooth needs immediate restorative treatment to prevent the infection from spreading to other teeth or through the bloodstream. When the infection hasn’t reached the tooth’s roots, a pulpotomy can usually be performed.
However, once it’s spread past the crown of the tooth, a root canal is the only option that can save your child’s tooth from extraction. We need to remove all of the pulp, which is the inside center of the tooth that’s connected to the nerves.
After scraping this out, we clean your canals and refill the tooth. Even if your child’s tooth is a baby tooth that is supposed to fall out anyway, it’s important to preserve the health of your child’s teeth and they play a crucial role in maintaining space in the mouth until the permanent tooth is ready to erupt.n Benassi.
A pulpotomy is usually the go-to treatment for baby teeth, but this is not suitable if the infection has spread to the roots of the tooth.
Dr. Benassi will examine your tooth and take x-rays to determine if your tooth can be saved by a root canal. If the tooth is too severely damaged or decayed, it may need to be extracted.
After numbing your mouth with a local anesthetic, we will drill into your tooth to reveal the pulp chamber. All of the infected pulp, including the root, is removed.
Your tooth contains between 1 to 4 canals and each one needs to be thoroughly cleaned and shaped.
Your tooth will be filled with gutta-percha material and the access hole will be sealed. A dental crown may be placed over the tooth.
This is a root canal treatment performed on a front tooth. We drill into the lingual side of the tooth to access the dental pulp and there is only one canal that needs to be cleaned. Root canals are usually much faster and require fewer appointments in the front teeth since they’re thinner and contain fewer canals. They usually don't require dental crowns and this procedure can take 30 to 60 minutes.
The premolars contain two canals while the rear molars contain four. The more canals that are in the tooth, the longer the cleaning process will take. These teeth are also at higher risk of having hidden or hard to access canals. We drill into the biting surface of these teeth to access the pulp chamber. A dental crown is typically recommended for the rear molars to protect them from biting forces.
Root canals are successful 95% of the time.
Pain, discoloration, tooth sensitivity after consuming hot or cold foods/drinks, an abscess near the affected tooth, swelling, fever, and swollen lymph nodes are all signs of a tooth infection. Not everyone experiences pain, however. The absence of pain can mean that the nerves in your tooth have died but this does not mean that the infection is gone.
Not at all! It’s no more painful than your standard dental filling. We administer a local anesthetic that completely numbs your mouth. You may feel some pressure and movement in your mouth from the dental handpiece, but you won’t feel pain. You are likely to feel a lot of pain relief following a root canal procedure because tooth infections are usually very painful.
If your root canal fails, you can get a root canal retreatment, which is a repeated root canal.
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