A root canal procedure is a treatment used when a tooth is infected and cannot be completely saved. When cavities are allowed to grow, infection can spread into the root system, or canals, of the tooth where the nerve and blood supply are located. If left untreated, the infection can cause severe tooth pain and can even spread into the blood supply, infecting the rest of the body.
A root canal is typically seen as a painful procedure to be dreaded. Fortunately, advancements in dentistry allow patients to undergo root canal surgery without pain. In addition, Dr. Ami Shah is certified to provide sedation to her patients as a form of pain management or anxiety suppression. The patients are supplied with an oral sedative and the procedure is performed while the patient is in a sedated state. Once the procedure is complete, and the sedative has worn off, the patient has little memory of the treatment.
During the root canal procedure, the dentist will inject a local anesthetic. Once she is confident that the area is completely numb, she will create an opening through the top of the tooth where she will remove the dental pulp inside the tooth, including the infected tissue. Once the area is empty, the void is disinfected to prevent future infections and then filled and sealed.
After the root canal procedure is complete, the remaining tooth structure is covered with a dental crown, which is used to provide a durable reinforcement for the tooth.
Dr. Ami Shah has over 15 years of experience in providing her dental patients with an excellent dental experience. She, and her friendly and highly trained staff, are well equipped to perform root canal treatment and any other dental surgery that is necessary for the health and well-being of their patients. To learn more about what causes tooth infections, the root canal procedure, sedation dentistry, or dental crowns, contact Dr. Ami Shah and her staff at Absolute Dental.