Tooth pain inevitably leads to the dentist’s chair. Concentrating on work or a daily routine becomes impossible with throbbing pain shooting through your jaw. If this pain is the result of an infection inside the pulp of your tooth, chances are you’ll need a root canal. Dr. Lula Tsegay, a leading family dentist in San Leandro, California, has over 20 years of experience performing root canals, which can save an infected tooth from having to be extracted. For relief from throbbing tooth pain, call Dr. Lula Tsegay Family Dentistry, or book an appointment online.
A root canal is a procedure that cleans out passages (called canals) of soft tissue and nerves in the roots of an infected tooth. The procedure also entails sealing the tooth to prevent further infection. Root canals sound painful, but with modern dental technology and anesthetics, the procedure is largely pain-free.
Root canals save teeth from requiring extraction. It’s always better to save a damaged tooth. Tooth loss leads to jaw bone loss which can cause jaw malformations and make chewing and speaking difficult.
An infected tooth can stem from a number of causes. Large fillings may cause a tooth to crack or break. You may end up with more decay than tooth, especially if you’ve had repeated procedures on the same tooth. A crack can open the tooth to bacteria that can lead to infection. Too, if you’ve been in an accident, tooth pulp, or soft tissue, can be injured, leading to pain and/or infection.
Dr. Tsegay uses local anesthesia to numb the area so that you don’t feel pain during the procedure. She then places a thin latex material around the tooth to protect it from bacteria in the mouth.
Next, Dr.Tsegay uses a small drill to open the tooth from the top. She examines the inside of the tooth and uses nickel-titanium files with a rough surface to clean out the area. The files are attached to a small instrument that mechanizes her hand motion, enabling quicker cleaning. She cleans every canal in the root and irrigates the entire area with an antibacterial solution.
Next, she fills the canals and space inside the tooth with a rubber compound. The compound is shaped like the files used to clean the tooth. It fills the space completely, which seals it against any bacteria. She then places a temporary filling on the tooth.
Dr. Tsegay may prescribe an antibiotic to take after the procedure. She’ll also advise you how to perform your daily dental hygiene, working around the affected area.
At a follow-up appointment, Dr. Tsegay puts a permanent filling in the tooth or creates a crown for it, depending on the degree of decay or infection. Your restored tooth will match the surrounding teeth.