In the past, to hear from your dentist that you need a root canal probably sent shivers down your spine. Today, Nevada Dental Esthetics takes the worry and dread out of root canals.
Dr. Paez and his staff practice gentle dentistry. With today’s advanced techniques, materials and anesthetics, many of our patients say that having a root canal was a comfortable experience and not traumatic at all. If you need root canal treatment in the Las Vegas area, please contact Dr. Paez immediately by calling (702) 744-8007.
What Is a Root Canal?
The actual root canal is a tunnel in the center of the tooth, underneath the enamel and dentin layers. It runs from the tip of the tooth, deep inside the jawbone, up to the tooth’s crown, the visible part above the gum. Inside this tunnel is the "pulp" of the tooth, which consists of blood vessels as well as the tooth’s nerve and connective tissues.
When a tooth is neglected and becomes decayed, bacteria can multiply and spread through the tooth’s tissue into the root canal. They excrete acids and toxins, which eat away at the tooth tissues, the gum tissue, and even the bone, if nothing is done to stop them.
Ordinary decay resulting from poor dental hygiene can start this process. So can an injury to the tooth that cracks the enamel, inviting bacteria inside the tooth. Both of these can result in the need for a dentist to provide root canal treatment.
Symptoms of a Root Canal
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you need to call Dr. Paez’s office right away to determine if there’s a problem and if it involves any root canals:
- Tooth pain
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold
- Tooth is sensitive or tender to the touch
- Discoloration of tooth
In addition, you may need root canal treatment but not currently be experiencing any pain. You may have had pain in the past, but without any intervention, the decay continued until it destroyed the tooth’s nerve. With its nerve dead, the tooth will give you no pain, but it will be in need of immediate care.
Root Canal Treatment
If Dr. Paez determines that you do need root canal treatment to save your tooth and restore it to health, he’ll start by taking an X-ray of the affected tooth.
Next, he will make a small opening in the tooth’s crown and clean out the infected and inflamed pulp from the pulp chamber, along with the bacterial debris. He will then fill and seal that space with a rubber-like filler. He will fit you with a temporary crown while a permanent crown is custom-made for that tooth. You’ll come back in a couple of weeks to have the permanent crown cemented in place.
If you have unexplained tooth pain and live in the Las Vegas area, please call (702) 744-8007 or email Nevada Dental Esthetics right away to schedule an appointment or free initial consultation. Left untreated, infection or decay can cause long-term damage. Dr. Paez serves patients in Summerlin, Spring Valley and other nearby communities.