Teeth might seem to be solid and hard, but they are actually made of several layers, and inside each tooth are hollow chambers, or canals, that contain soft tissues, or pulp. The pulp includes the nerve of the tooth, as well as connective tissues and blood vessels. This tissue nourishes the tooth as it grows, but is not strictly necessary once it is fully erupted. If the pulp becomes infected, damaged, or diseased, it can be removed without compromising the function of the tooth. Dr. Lozada, Lancaster root canal dentist, can help you decide if a root canal is right for you.
Each tooth has at least one root canal, and some have as many as four. The pulp of the tooth can become damaged or diseased through dental trauma, decay, or infection. This can be extremely painful, or you may feel no pain at all. However, the most common symptom that you need a root canal treatment is a throbbing toothache and sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. Dr. Lozada, expert in root canal in Lancaster, will examine the tooth, take dental X-rays, and ensure that a root canal is the right treatment for you.
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The procedure is usually completed in one appointment. In some rare cases, it may take two appointments to complete. Dr. Lozada, Lancaster root canal dentist, will begin by numbing the tooth and surrounding tissues. A special dam will be used to isolate the area and keep it clean and dry during the procedure. Next, an access point will be made in the tooth. This allows us to remove the diseased tissue, and clean and shape the root canals. Once the canals have been cleaned, they are rinsed, disinfected, and sealed to prevent re-infection. We will place a temporary filling until the tooth is ready to be permanently restored.
After the root canal, you will normally notice a significant reduction in pain if you had a toothache before the procedure. If there was significant inflammation or infection, you may continue to have some tenderness as the inflammation subsides. Dr. Lozada, expert in root canal in Lancaster, may prescribe antibiotics or other medication to promote healing. An appointment will be scheduled to complete the restoration, which will typically involve a crown to protect the tooth and ensure excellent long-term results.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Lozada, dentist in Lancaster.