The dental pulp is located in the center of your tooth, underneath the layers of enamel and dentin. This area is where the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues are located. It is essential to the tooth as it is developing, but once the tooth is fully formed, it can survive without the pulp. If the pulp becomes infected or is threatened by infection because of a severe cavity, it will have to be removed. The root canal is somewhat unfairly considered a painful procedure. At Holland River Dental in Bradford, it is meant to save the affected tooth and relieve the pain and discomfort that results from having an infected tooth.
Cavities develop when bacteria are allowed to collect on the tooth surfaces. They produce harmful acids that wear away the enamel and create holes called cavities. This damage can usually be treated with dental fillings, but if it is allowed to worsen, it could eventually reach the pulp. It will have to be removed to maintain the health of the tooth and gums.
It may take two appointments to complete a root canal treatment, depending on the condition of the affected tooth and the condition of your oral health in general. Your dentist may take x-rays to get a better look at the area below the gum line around the tooth, including the tooth roots and the surrounding bone.
To begin the procedure, your dentist will first administer an anesthetic to the site. A dental dam, a sheet of latex rubber, will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry during the procedure. It also helps to protect against infection. A hole will be made in the top of the tooth, through which your dentist can access the inside of the tooth and remove the pulp. The tooth will also be cleaned of all signs of decay and have the canal reshaped. This discourages bacteria from collecting there again. A biocompatible material will then be used to fill the canal again, restoring structure to the tooth. A treated tooth is usually covered with a dental crown, which will be placed at a later appointment.
For relief from the pain and discomfort that results from an infected tooth, visit us at Holland River Dental for a root canal treatment in Bradford.