Has the dentist who recommended root canal therapy to you suddenly increased the dental pain because he or she suggested the root canal front tooth? You would probably wonder how the dentist is going to drill through your front teeth because of the lack of space. However, rest at ease because root canals can also be performed on front teeth because of advances in dentistry.
The dentist would have recommended a root canal and crown if the infected tooth was in the visible part of your mouth. However, regardless of the location of the root canal, you can confidently go ahead with the treatment because it will only alleviate the pain you are suffering from without subjecting you to more pain as it is generally believed.
Root canal therapy which is also known as endodontic therapy is performed by a general dentist or an endodontist after administering you local anesthesia to make you feel comfortable. The procedure is about removing the soft center of your tooth which is the pulp that is made up of nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels that nourish the tooth.
You would have been recommended root canal therapy because the soft inner part of your tooth is perhaps injured or infected. The crown of the tooth which is visible above the gums will remain intact even when the pulp is dead. For preserving the structure of the tooth it is recommended that the injured or infected pulp be removed.
There are different reasons why the pulp within the tooth may have been damaged. Some of them include the following:
The recommendation to undergo the treatment would only have been made after the root canal specialist had taken x-rays of the painful tooth to confirm the diagnosis. The dentist would have recommended you to an endodontist only after confirming that you need a root canal.
Root canal therapy is performed in a dental office by a root canal specialist. When you arrive for the appointment you will be escorted to the treatment room to be situated in a chair and a bib will be placed around your neck to prevent the stains from affecting your clothes.
The dentist will place a small quantity of topical anesthetic on your gums near the affected tooth. After it has taken effect a local anesthetic will be injected. You will remain awake during the procedure but the anesthetic will prevent you from feeling any pain.
When your tooth is fully numb the endodontist will make a tiny opening on the surface of the tooth if it is the molar or at the back of the tooth if the treatment is being provided for the front teeth. After the infected pulp is exposed the specialist will carefully remove it using small files. They will be careful to clean all the canals in the tooth.
A topical antibiotic may be coated on the area after the pulp has been removed to ensure the infection is eliminated and to prevent reinfection. After the canals are cleaned and disinfected the tooth will be filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Oral antibiotics may also be prescribed to you.
The procedure will be completed by filling the small opening in the tooth with a soft temporary material. The sealant prevents the canals from being damaged by saliva.
You will experience soreness in your teeth and gums after the numbing medication wears off. You may also experience some swelling. These symptoms are treated by most dentists with over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
You should be able to resume your normal activities the day after the procedure but must be careful to avoid chewing with the damaged tooth until it is permanently filled or a crown is placed over the tooth.
You can visit your regular dentist within a few days after the procedure. They will take x-rays to ensure the infection is eliminated and will also replace the temporary filling with a permanent one. If you prefer you can request Aurora Dental Studio to place a permanent crown on the tooth. Crowns are similar to artificial teeth and are made from porcelain or gold and they have a realistic appearance.
Root canal therapy whether it is on the front tooth or the molars can only relieve you from the pain you are suffering from because of the infected pulp. You should be eager to undergo the treatment because it will help to preserve your tooth to save you from more expensive dental work.