Oftentimes, severe toothaches and temperature sensitivity are due to decay in the pulpy interior of your tooth, where the blood vessels and nerves are located. When the interior of your tooth is compromised, Drs. Minh Nguyen and Thanh-Truc Nguyen use cutting-edge technology to provide root canal treatments at Sun-Park Dental in Rocklin, California. Advances in dental technology have improved root canal procedures so they’re no more invasive than a traditional cavity filling. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
A root canal is a treatment that clears decayed and damaged tissue from the interior of your tooth. Historically, when the inside of a tooth was damaged or decayed, the best treatment was to extract the tooth. Fortunately, advances in dental technology have not only allowed dentists to save teeth with root canal treatments; the treatment itself is now quick and nearly painless, too.
Often, decay or damage to the pulpy interior of your tooth won’t cause any symptoms. The only way you can know for sure that your teeth are healthy inside and out is to have routine dental check-ups every six months, including dental X-rays.
However, if you experience a toothache or extreme temperature sensitivity, make an appointment for a dental check-up right away. Pain and sensitivity are signs that there is a problem with your teeth.
A root canal treatment is very similar to a filling for a surface cavity. Treatment begins with your dentist thoroughly numbing your tooth and the surrounding tissues. Then, your dentist removes the decayed tissue from the inside of your tooth. At Sun-Park Dental, the team uses a rotary endodontics tool, which is an electrical handpiece that makes the root canal process faster and reduces complications.
Once all the decayed tissue is cleared, your dentist applies an antibacterial medication and fills your tooth with a rubberlike material. They then seal your tooth with dental resin, similar to when a cavity is treated.
If your tooth is severely weakened by the decay and the root canal treatment, your dentist will fit you with a crown to provide extra support and protection to your tooth. The team at Sun-Park Dental uses CEREC in-office technology to custom-make and apply crowns in a single day.
You may experience some tenderness or sensitivity following a root canal but you should be able to manage your discomfort with ice packs or over-the-counter pain medication. You can brush and floss your teeth normally after a root canal. Your dentist may schedule a follow-up appointment to check that your root canal was successful.
If you’re due for a dental check-up or if you’re experiencing tooth pain, call or make an appointment online today.