Root canal and endodontics are treatment options for patients who have serious damage to the interior part of the tooth. Through a procedure like a root canal, the damaged interior of the tooth can be removed, and the healthy external part of the tooth can be preserved. Root canal and other types of endodontic procedures are offered at Pragasam Family Dentistry in Redlands, California. Dr. Lloyd Pragasam is highly experienced and skilled in the area of saving teeth through these types of procedures. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Pragasam, call the office or use our convenient online booking tool today.
Endodontic treatment, commonly referred to as root canal treatment or root canal therapy, may be needed when the inner part of the tooth (the pulp) gets infected or is highly inflamed. The cause of this damage may be deep decay, a chip, a cavity, or repeated dental procedures on the tooth. Root canal therapy can save the tooth while removing the damage. If you care for the root canal tooth properly, it will function just like a normal healthy tooth for years.
First, you'll receive anesthesia to ensure that you're in no pain during the root canal therapy. Once you're fully numb, Dr. Pragasam will create a small opening in the tooth. Through this opening, he can access the damaged tooth pulp and remove it using small, specialized dental instruments.
With the damaged pulp gone, Dr. Pragasam will clean and shape the area. The now-empty area is packed with a biocompatible material called gutta percha. Dental cement is used to seal the gutta percha securely in place. Dr. Pragasam will typically recommend a new crown for protection of the tooth. In some cases, crown lengthening may be needed to expose more healthy tooth surface after a root canal.
As you prepare for your root canal, be sure to let Dr. Pragasam know about any medications that you're taking. Certain medications can cause problems during root canal therapy and may need to be temporarily discontinued prior to the procedure. Dr. Pragasam will give you specific advice that will help you prepare for your root canal in the best way possible.
After root canal therapy, you'll usually need to avoid hard or crunchy foods for a few days. Most patients have a temporary crown in place after root canal therapy, and you should treat this crown with caution. Most patients have little pain after root canal therapy, but Dr. Pragasam will recommend pain relief options to help manage any discomfort effectively. After you return to Pragasam Family Dentistry for your permanent crown, you'll be able to treat the tooth as a normal, natural tooth.