Root canal therapy is a treatment used to save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. The procedure involves removing the damaged tissue, cleaning the inside of the tooth, and then sealing it; once this is complete, the tooth is encapsulated with a dental crown. Root canal therapy is usually recommended when the tooth can’t be repaired with a filling or other type of dental treatment. Although the procedure is quite common, it can still be a daunting prospect for our Vernon, CT patients.
Listed below are a few details about the procedure to help you prepare before, during, and after root canal therapy and dental crown placement.
Root Canal Therapy Process
Root Canal Procedure
- To begin the procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth.
- Once you are comfortable, we will access the tooth pulp through the crown, or the top part of the tooth.
- After creating this small hole, we will insert a tiny tool designed to remove the nerves, tissues, and bacteria from within the tooth.
- Next, we will thoroughly clean the tooth and root canals before refilling them with a biocompatible material (gutta-percha).
- Finally, a crown will be placed to restore the tooth to its original size, shape, and function.
Dental Crown Placement
Now that your tooth is healthy and clear from any infection, it’s time to cover and protect it with a dental crown. This part is often fun for our patients, as we get to dive into details about what the final product will look like; this involves picking the tooth material, shade, and shape.
We will take an impression of your tooth following the root canal, and this will be sent to our dental lab where your new crown will be fabricated. During this time, you will be given a temporary crown to wear until your permanent one is ready.
Once we receive the new crown, you will return to our office for placement. The temporary crown will be removed, and your new one will be checked for fit. If everything looks good, the crown will be cemented into place.
The Benefits of a Dental Crown
There are many benefits to getting a dental crown, including:
- It strengthens and protects the tooth structure.
- It can improve the appearance of your smile.
- It can restore the function of your bite.
- It can help to preserve your natural teeth.
After Root Canal Therapy & Dental Crown Placement
- Once the procedure is complete, and you receive your new crown, you can expect to feel some mild discomfort for a day or two. Over-the-counter pain medication is typically all that is needed to manage any discomfort.
- You should avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the root canal was performed until the numbness has completely dissipated. Once the numbness is gone, you can resume your normal activities.
- Just like your natural teeth, it’s important to brush and floss regularly to remove any plaque or bacteria that could cause the tooth to become infected again.
If you have any questions or concerns about root canal therapy or dental crowns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. We are always happy to help!