When it comes to providing great dental care to patients, a Windsor cosmetic dentist needs to consider health as well as aesthetics. In the end, a smile that is healthy also looks great, which is why we never take for granted how these two factors are interrelated. One particular treatment that is performed in order to save a tooth is the root canal. Many people have heard the term before but do not understand what exactly is involved. We'd like to go over the basics of root canal treatment, with special focus on the potential side effects and risks of the procedure.
About Root Canal Therapy
Root canals are performed in order to remove pulp that is within the tooth when it has become infected. The inside of the tooth will be filed with an inert material and then capped in order to protect the tooth and to make it appear as if it was never treated. Our family dental care practice in Windsor, CT has performed root canals on a relatively routine basis and is well equipped to meet any patient's needs in this regard.
The Structure of a Tooth
Inside each tooth is a collection of connective tissue called dental pulp, which helps maintain the strength and appearance of a tooth. This pulp leads from the pulp chamber of the tooth to the nerve center in the tooth root and the jawbone. If tooth decay reaches the pulp chamber, it will cause damage and a painful infection of the dental pulp. The only way to relieve the discomfort and save the tooth is root canal therapy.
The Root Canal Procedure
During the root canal procedure at our Windsor laser dentistry center, the pulp chamber of the tooth is carefully accessed. The dental pulp that is diseased is then removed. The pulp chamber is then carefully sterilized to ensure there is no bacteria left. The hollow pulp chamber is then filled with a special inert material and the tooth is capped.
Potential Risks of Root Canal Therapy
While 95% root canals are effective, there are potential risks. One of the potential risks of a root canal is a new infection of the tooth after the procedure has been performed. Even when a dentist is careful about cleaning the pulp chamber of bacteria, sometimes this has been known to occur. This can also occur if a dental restoration is poorly placed, allowing bacteria to access the pulp chamber.
The above is part of why we tend to stress preventative dentistry as the best way to avoid root canals or secondary root canals.
Side Effects of Treatment and Recovery Experience
One potential side effect of having dental pulp removed is tooth discoloration. Any darkening of a tooth can be addressed with teeth whitening treatment if needed, though often the dental crown will suffice. Teeth that are missing dental pulp may be slightly weaker than normal teeth as well. Sensation in the treated tooth may be different than that of untreated teeth, though this often abates with time.
Learn More About Dental Care Treatments
For more information about root canal therapy and why it may be the right decision for you, be sure to contact our Windsor, CT cosmetic dentistry practice today. Our entire dental care team looks forward to meeting you in person so we can help you make the best possible decision about your dental health.