Many patients cringe when they hear the words “root canal,” but this procedure’s bad reputation is largely unearned. In fact, today’s modern tools and techniques have made this treatment no more uncomfortable than getting a typical filling! Better yet, it can actually rescue heavily infected teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted from the mouth, helping the smile stay strong, healthy, and stable for many years to come.
The root canal is the chamber within the root of the tooth that contains the pulp. The pulp is a soft substance that consists of nerves, connective tissues, and blood vessels. During root canal therapy, Dr. Voltarel uses special tools to access the tooth’s inner chamber. He cleans out any diseased, infected tissue and replaces the lost pulp with a biocompatible substance called gutta percha. The gutta percha helps to fortify the tooth so it can maintain its structure.
In most cases, patients require a crown after they receive root canal therapy. The crown serves as an extra layer of protection for the tooth so it can continue to work as a strong, functional member of your smile.
Decay or trauma can allow harmful bacteria to sneak into the root canal, causing it to become inflamed and infected. Without proper treatment, the infection can spread into the surrounding tissue and cause serious, permanent damage. In rare cases, the infection can even lead to systemic illness and become life-threatening.
Here are some indicators that you may need to visit a dentist to receive root canal treatment in Orange City:
The length of time root canal therapy takes varies from patient to patient. However, the average time per appointment is about 90 minutes. Depending on the extent of the damage to the tooth, it might be necessary for Dr. Voltarel to perform the treatment across two appointments, each of which might last for about 90 minutes.
There is no reason to fear root canal therapy. Dr. Voltarel will make sure your tooth is numb before he begins the procedure. He also has a gentle touch and a strong focus on patient comfort. You can expect to feel little to nothing during your root canal therapy. If you have any concerns about the procedure, be sure to mention them so our team can address your fears and take extra measures to ensure that you have a positive experience in our dental office.
Once the anesthesia from the procedure wears off, your tooth may be tender and a bit sore. However, such symptoms are usually easy to manage with mild pain medications. You should also avoid using the tooth to chew for a brief time. The overall recovery time may last from a few days to a week.