Many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime. With a root canal we try to save your teeth. Deep inside your tooth is a collection of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue called pulp. Pulp is vital to the development of your tooth, but once your tooth is fully-grown, the pulp no longer serves an essential purpose. When your pulp is damaged, it can cause severe pain, infection, and abscess. A root canal treatment removes damaged pulp to avoid complications and save the healthy exterior of your tooth. Removal of the pulp chamber, requires a crown or post, that can be placed the same day.
Your treatment begins with opening the tooth chamber. Dr. Sanchez will remove the infection in and around the tooth. He will remove the nerve tissue from the canals and all decay buildup around the tooth. Next he will fill the tooth with a permanent bond to ensure that germs do not travel into your bloodstream. Then the dentist will cap the tooth with a new crown at a later date. At Sedation and Implant Dentistry of Tehachapi we use microscope assisted endodontics when needed.
To prevent infection and tooth decay, always practice good dental hygiene, including twice-daily brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist for professional cleaning and examination. Also, you can protect your teeth from trauma by wearing a mouthguard when playing contact sports.