Although many people worry about having the procedure done, millions of teeth are saved each year through root canals. To relieve your tooth pain through an expert root canal procedure, trust Dr. Tina Vani of Sonoma Endodontics in Petaluma, California. Make an appointment to take advantage of her expertise by calling the office or using the online booking agent.
A root canal saves a tooth that has an infected pulp. The pulp lies deep within your tooth and contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue to support your tooth’s growth as it develops. Once a tooth reaches maturity, it no longer needs the pulp, as it is supported and nourished by the tissues of the gums and jawbone.
During a root canal, Dr. Vani removes the infected pulp, replaces it with a biocompatible material, and seals the tooth. This preserves the tooth and saves it from decay.
Saving your natural teeth enhances your smile. It prevents other teeth from changing position or experiencing stress. Your natural teeth also provide optimal biting force and the most efficient chewing capabilities. When you have a root canal and preserve your tooth, you also save the expense of an extraction and dental implant to replace the missing tooth.
Sometimes a tooth with infected pulp shows no symptoms and is only detected during a regular exam. Signs that you may need a root canal include:
Poor dental hygiene can lead to an infected tooth. You may also have had repeated dental procedures, a crack or chip that allowed bacteria to enter the tooth, or a faulty crown that failed to protect the tooth completely. If you had trauma to the tooth, such as during an accident or fall, you may also have pulp damage that requires a root canal.
The root canal procedure is not painful, despite its reputation. It actually resolves pain and other symptoms of the infected tooth.
During a root canal, Dr. Vani uses local anesthesia on the area to be treated. She creates a tiny hole in the tooth and thoroughly cleans out all the infected pulp. She applies a disinfectant to discourage future infection and fills the area with a material called gutta-percha. Once the tooth is sealed, it’s capped with a protective crown that helps it look and function just like your other teeth.