Proper oral hygiene can minimize dental problems, however, even then there is risk of tooth infections and damages. In a lifetime, most of us at least once will have a bad tooth problem. At Preferred Family Dentistry, Las Vegas Dentist, Dr. Jafarifar, will do her best to save a good tooth from being extracted, and that might often include performing a root canal procedure.
Most of dental procedures can be painful, this being one of the reasons people fear the dentists. With years of experience, our patients can be confident Dr. Jafarifar will help you with your pain.
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Root Canal Procedure
Often times you visit a dentist in Las Vegas and you hear the words “you need a root canal“. So what exactly is a root canal?
A root canal is often the alternative to pulling a tooth. It is used to save your own natural tooth as opposed to having a tooth extraction, which in this case a dental bridge or dental implant will be needed to restore the missing tooth for proper functioning.
Root Canal Treatment Causes
The most common reasons to treat a root canal are as follows:
- The tooth has a large decayed portion that has extended into the nerve chamber of the tooth and infected the nerve tissue, causing hot/cold sensitivity and pain.
- The tooth has discolored due to trauma, in this case the tooth is usually not painful.
- The tooth has an infection causing an abscess or swelling accompanied by pain. When the nerve becomes inflamed, pressure begins to build up, exerting pressure on the nerve of the tooth and the surrounding tissues. Pressure from inflammation can cause mild to extreme pain, depending upon the severity of the inflammation and the body’s response. This is called pulpitis.
- Fractures that are deep into the nerve chamber
- Sometimes periodontal disease (gum disease and bone disease) can initiate an infection within the nerve
Some of the symptoms of an inflamed nerve are cold and hot sensitivity and pain that can radiate to other teeth, this is why it is important to do appropriate tests to locate the source of the pain before any treatment is being done.
Often times the patient can not pin point the tooth that is causing the pain and it is the dentist’s responsibility to locate the problematic tooth.
A tooth consists of one or more roots (which are positioned within the jaw bone) and a crown (which is the portion we use to chew). Inside the roots of the tooth there is a system of nerve canals which house the nerves and the blood supply to the tooth. When the tooth becomes painful usually it is an indication that the nerve of the tooth has become irritated or infected in which case a root canal therapy is needed.
Root canal at Las Vegas Preferred Family Dentistry
Our dentist will inspect your troubled teeth and perform the procedure fast and as painless as possible.
- Dr. Jafarifar will anesthetize the tooth using local anesthetic
- The tooth will be isolated for your comfort and safety
- All decayed portions of the tooth will be removed
- The next step is to thoroughly clean and shape the nerve canals using a series of files
- During the procedure the canals will be irrigated to remove all infected nerve tissue
- After properly cleaning and shaping all the nerve canals, these canals will be filled with the appropriate material
This finalizes a root canal therapy performed by Dr. Jafarifar in her Las Vegas dental practice.
Sometimes a tooth has many curved or entangled nerve canals making a root canal therapy a challenge, in these cases the patient will be referred to a specialist, an endodontist, for proper treatment.
Dr. Jafarifar always has your best interest in mind.
After a root canal therapy the tooth becomes very brittle and can break off during function. To protect the tooth from fracturing a crown buildup and a dental crown will be needed to guard the tooth.
Dental Root Canal Las Vegas, Las Vegas Dental Root Canal at Drjlv.com – A root canal is often the alternative to pulling a tooth. It is used to save your own natural tooth as opposed to having a tooth extraction, which in this case a dental bridge or dental implant will be needed to restore the missing tooth for proper functioning.