Root Canal Treatments

Root Canal Treatment Eureka, MO

Unfortunately, a “root canal” is probably the most feared phrase in dentistry, yet this procedure is one of the best things that we as dentists can provide for our patients because it can relieve a patient of severe pain.

Root canal therapy is indicated in teeth that are abscessed or are non-vital (the nerve has already died). During the process of root canal treatment, the inside of the root of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected.

The inside of the root is then sealed to prevent re-infection. Sometimes a tooth that has previously been treated will need to have the tooth cleaned and disinfected again.

This is referred to as a re-treatment of the root canal. Not all teeth that have pain need this procedure.

Anatomy of Tooth Root

Every tooth consists of three different layers. From the outside:  first, there is enamel (the outer layer of the teeth which is the hardest part of the body).

The second layer is dentin (the inside hard layer), and then we have the pulp (which is an empty space where the live tissue and nerve of each tooth is located)

If for any reason the pulp space is exposed to the outside, the tissue becomes contaminated and eventually infected. The exposure of pulp happens in many circumstances for example when you have a large cavity or a fractured tooth. Your dentist can explain the exact reason for damage to this tissue. Regardless of the reason for this contamination or damage to pulp tissue, the treatment is usually a root canal procedure.

The process involves going into the pulp space and removing the infected and dead tissue. Then the space is disinfected and sealed with special materials.

Nowadays, these procedures are performed with advanced techniques and material and are more comfortable and faster. After treatment is done, a restorative dentist will usually place a crown on your tooth to protect it against fracture.

When such treatment fails, the first course of action that is usually taken is trying to re-do the procedure. It is usually done by an endodontist (root canal specialist) or an experienced general dentist.

The process is very similar to root canal treatment, the difference is that besides taking any remaining infected tissue out, the doctor has to take the old filling material, any posts and crowns or any other obstacle in the pulp space out to be able to successfully disinfect and seal the area.

If you have teeth that are painful or sensitive, please schedule an appointment to have them evaluated. With different tests, we can identify the source of the problem and help to prevent it from recurring. Contact Eureka Dental Group to schedule your root canal consultation today!