"Posterior root canal" refers to root canal therapy performed on the back teeth after they have become infected. During treatment, Dr. Pham will create an opening in the top of your tooth, then remove the infected material. Next, the empty space will be filled to restore your tooth structure and prevent it from further damage.
"Anterior root canals" are performed on the front teeth, which are not as likely to become infected. The top surfaces of your front teeth are narrow, so an opening must be made in the lingual surface (the side of your tooth that faces your tongue) during this procedure. The process of creating this opening and cleaning the inside of a front tooth is considerably more complex than it is for the rear teeth, which is why many dental offices do not offer this treatment. However, Dr. Pham has years of experience with root canal therapy and he can perform both anterior and posterior root canals.
The most common sign of an infected tooth is a serious, prolonged toothache that does not go away after a day or two. Other related symptoms include discoloration of your tooth or the surrounding gum area, inflammation of the gums near your infected tooth, and sensitivity to hot and cold foods. Your tooth may also feel sensitive when pressure is applied to it while biting or chewing.
First, Dr. Pham will clean the area and numb the tooth. Sedation can also be administered if you feel it will make you more comfortable. Then, your tooth will be isolated with a rubber dental dam to prevent the spread of bacteria.
Dr. Pham will remove any decayed or damaged enamel and create an opening in your tooth to extract any infected material from the inside of your tooth. Next, your tooth will be flushed with disinfectant and the empty space will then be filled with a rubbery substance to support the interior structure.
Finally, your tooth will be restored with a filling or a dental crown. Dr. Pham will choose between a crown or a filling based on factors like the extent of the damage to your tooth and its location in your mouth.
No! Root canals are only about as invasive as a filling, and with numbing and sedation, you will not feel any pain during your treatment. Your tooth may feel a little bit tender for a few days afterward, but you will recover very quickly from your treatment.
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