Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry and the most common procedure relating to endodontics. When a tooth becomes infected with bacteria it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves(not the root) need to be removed. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw. Antibiotics will NOT cure this type of infection because the antibiotics are blocked from getting inside the tooth where there infection is. They might help the pain for awhile but will soon come back once you are done with the antibiotics.
First, Dr. Huigens will numb the tooth with local anesthetic, then create an opening into the top of the tooth . He will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space if filled with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.
"Root canal" has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less "scary". Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but Dr. Huigens may prescribe medication. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard. If you are experiencing pain consult call Dr. Huigens DDS in La Verne, CA 91750 today for a FREE consultation appointment. We will get you in right away if you are in pain.