Root canal therapy can preserve a patient’s tooth for a lifetime. It is a highly successful procedure with more than a 95% success rate.
Root canal therapy involves cleaning the pulp tissue from inside the crown and roots of the tooth. The goal of root canal therapy is removal of all pulp tissue, vital or necrotic, microorganisms, and microbial byproducts from the root canal system.
Before starting root canal therapy, the doctor will administer local anesthesia to ensure your complete comfort. Once the tooth is numb, a small opening is made through the top of the tooth to gain access to the pulp. The pulp, which is the soft tissue inside the root canal, is removed from the chamber and canals. The canals are then cleaned with a disinfecting solution. X-rays are taken throughout the procedure to ensure each canal is being adequately treated. Once the canals are cleaned, a temporary filling may be placed in the opening until it can be replaced by a permanent filling. It is normal for your tooth or gums to feel sore following treatment. This can continue for a few days until the area has completely healed.
After the procedure, a record of your treatment will be sent to your general dentist. Be sure to schedule an appointment with him or her for a follow-up restoration. Your general dentist will decide on what type of restoration is best for you.
It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after endodontic therapy or microsurgery. If you experience any problems after treatment, contact our Myrtle Beach office and someone will respond.