The core of the tooth is one of its most important parts. It contains important structures like blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. Because it’s important, it’s well protected. Unfortunately, however, the core of the tooth does get infected, explaining the number of endodontic procedures we perform every week here at Rock River Dental in Fort Atkinson, WI.
Patients with root canal problems complain of pain. Another common complaint is sensitivity and discomfort associated with hot and cold foods and drinks. Some patients don’t pay their symptoms much attention and then notice them resolve spontaneously. While this is great because patients no longer feel any discomfort, it means that the core of the tooth is dead.
We urge patients with symptoms to visit a dentist as soon as possible to prevent tooth death or the worsening of the underlying problem. We’ll ask you a few questions, examine you, and use some imaging to help diagnose you and formulate a plan for treatment.
Endodontic procedures require local anesthesia. An anesthetic that numbs the affected area is injected so that you only feel pressure during the procedure. When you start to feel numb, we can begin the actual procedure. We start by isolating the tooth then creating an opening so we can gain access to its core.
When we reach the core or pulp, the goal is to remove all infected and dead tissue. This is done using our tools and sterile solutions. The antimicrobial solution, or simply water, can be used to irrigate the pulp. The empty pulp is then filled with material, and the area is closed. Teeth that undergo root canal treatments often need crowns for protection. This means you’ll have to come in for more than one visit, but we’ll do all we can to make you comfortable throughout treatment.