Root Canals

Painless Root Canals

Dr. Nguyen greatly reduces the normal pain associated with the “dreaded root canals” with profound anesthesia. Patients are given 15-25 minutes for the anesthesia, numbness, to take effect, before the root canal is started. Some patients are so comfortable, they fall asleep during the procedure. Yes, this is possible!

What is a Root Canal?

The root canal refers to the small channels that branch out from underneath the crown of a tooth. These tiny channels flow all the way down to the tip of the root. It is common for tooth infections to gravitate towards the inner chamber of the tooth which houses all of the blood vessels, nerves, and other vital tissues. A severe infection can spread to the root. Also, a hard impact to the tooth structure can damage the pulp and lead to problems in the root.

Pain and sensitivity are early signs of a tooth disease. Pockets of pus, that will in time for an abscess, will develop as the infection progresses.

Why are Root Canals Needed?

In the core of the tooth is where the soft tissue or pulp is located. This hollow region is called the pulp chamber. The root and pulp chamber are connected through pipe-like canals where blood flows through to nourish the tooth. If an infection of the soft tissue is ignored, this can cause a serious health problem. Root canal therapy is the best solution to prevent a tooth infection from reaching an advanced stage.

What is a Pulpectomy?

A root canal is a technical term for tubes that connect the tooth root to the pulp chamber. The correct surgical term for the dental procedure is a pulpectomy.  This endodontic surgery is highly effective at curing a diseased root. Pulpectomy involves the disinfection and refilling of the impaired inner tooth, with minimal damage to the structure while managing pain.

What are Symptoms of a Tooth Root Infection?

If you ever experience spontaneous tooth throbbing or pain when you attempt to chew or bite; increased tooth sensitivity to cold and hot food items; or excessive tooth decay or an injury that resulted in an abscess, you may be a candidate for root canal treatment.

How Does a Root Canal Treatment Work?

A typical root canal procedure involves the removal of the diseased pulp to halt the spread of infection, and save the tooth.  Before this successful option was developed, became accepted and widely used, dentists simply removed the affected tooth.

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