Root canal therapy is performed when the dental pulp, or the soft tissue inside the tooth, becomes infected or inflamed. This can occur due to a deep cavity, a cracked or otherwise damaged tooth, or repeated dental work on the tooth. Leaving an infected tooth untreated can have serious consequences; the infection can become so severe that it damages the bone supporting the teeth, or requires the affected tooth to be extracted.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
During a root canal, the infected tooth material is removed, the tooth is cleaned and sealed off, and a restoration is placed to protect the tooth from further damage and restore it to complete function. As a holistic dentist, Dr. Hatland performs the procedure slightly differently than traditional dentists.
First, Dr. Hatland creates a small opening in the crown of the tooth, or the part of the tooth that rests atop the gums. Using tiny instruments, Dr. Hatland removes the inflamed or infected tooth material and sterilizes the chambers and root canals of the tooth that held the diseased tissue.
Normally, the chambers and root canal are filled with an inert radiopaque gutta percha cone. However, Dr. Hatland prefers to use a biocompatible material called Biocalex or Endocal to seal the gutta percha. The Endocal is made of calcium oxide and zinc oxide, this substance actively helps to sanitize the canals and promote rapid healing.
After filling the tooth with Endocal and sealing off the surface, Dr. Hatland can place a bio-friendly crown or other type of restoration to protect and strengthen the tooth. After healing, the tooth can bite and chew normally.
Do Root Canals Hurt?
It is very common to wonder whether root canal hurts. Actually, root canals can relieve the pain caused by an infection or inflammation. Many of the patients Dr. Hatland sees that require root canal therapy suffer from serious toothaches, and after treatment, they feel much better. During the procedure, Dr. Hatland can use special techniques to minimize any pain or discomfort.
Contact Dr. Raymond Hatland
If you have a toothache or have been told you need a root canal, Dr. Hatland invites you to contact our practice to discuss your options. You can reach our Chicago office by calling (773) 338-4440 or our Indianapolis office by calling (317) 257-0794.