Root canal therapy is an important part of restorative dentistry, enabling Dr. Colucciello to save a natural tooth and avoid the expensive treatment and complex problems often associated with tooth loss. Although the thought of a root canal can cause patients to feel anxious, the procedure is typically no more uncomfortable than a dental filling and will relieve any tooth pain they may be experiencing as a result of a damaged or diseased tooth.
Common tooth problems can involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems and threatening the health of the tooth.
Root Canal Therapy: What To Expect
A root canal may involve more than one visit to our Annapolis dentist office. During the first visit, a small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber. The diseased tissue is removed, the inner chamber cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals are reshaped.
The cleansed chamber and canals are filled with an elastic material and medication designed to prevent future infection. If necessary, the drilled hole is temporarily filled until a permanent seal is made with a dental crown.