Root Canals and
Oral Nerve Damage
A root canal treatment is performed when a tooth becomes infected at the nerve causing extreme pain and tooth damage. If left untreated the bacteria causing the infection can continue to grow destroying the natural tooth and possibly spread to other areas of the mouth or body.
To save the natural tooth and prevent the spread of bacteria our dentists safely and effectively remove the infected nerve and replace it with a biocompatible material. Once the infection is successfully removed the tooth is restored to its natural strength with either a crown or filling.
How to know if you need a root canal:
If you have a tooth that is causing severe pain while chewing or biting, has lingering hot/cold sensitivity or wakes you up in the middle of the night it could be a sign that you need a root canal. If that's the case, request an emergency appointment to be seen as soon as possible for an exam. During your emergency exam we will go through a series of screenings to determine the true cause of your pain and get you scheduled at the soonest available time for treatment or refer you to an endodontic specialist.
What are the steps my dentist takes during a root canal procedure :
First and foremost the clinical team at Madison No Fear Dentistry will offer amenities such as Bose® Noise Cancelling Headphones, warm or cool neck wraps, a weighted blanket and/or music or Netflix to help ensure you have a comfortable visit.
Once you feel at ease for your procedure the doctor will apply a local anesthetic so you don't feel any pain during your treatment and begin to create an opening in the center of the tooth. That opening is where the doctor can use small instruments to access the canal of the tooth and remove the infection.
After the infectious pulp is removed the doctor will fill the canal with gutta-percha, a material that doesn't harm the living tissue of the body, and prep the tooth for a crown to be placed.
What happens after the root canal:
Upon the competition of your root canal appointment an impression will be taken and sent to a local lab in Wisconsin where the final crown will be created. During the two-weeks we are waiting for the crown we recommend you avoid sticky, chewy or hard foods as they can damage the temporary crown and cause you even more pain in the area.
Once the crown is placed there's no limit to what you can and can't do!