Dr Gandhi is a strong believer in preserving your own teeth. Root canals are often the best way to preserve a decayed tooth with good bone support. As an expert dentist, Dr. Gandhi is here to help you maintain your oral health and general dentistry needs.
Root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth. There are many factors that can cause infection that spreads to the pulp including: Severe decay, gum disease, trauma, or a tooth fracture. These can all results in excruciating pain or tooth abscesses. After removing this diseased tissue, the spread of infection is put to a stop and the healthy portion of your tooth is restored.
Root canal therapy is an easy, quick procedure that is virtually pain-free. See below for an outline of the process.
• Dr. Gandhi will numb your gums with a material that feels jelly-like. After your gums are numb, she will inject a local anesthetic which completely numbs your teeth, gums, tongue, and skin in that area. In order to reduce pain and help you relax, a nitrous oxide gas may be used.
• Next, Dr. Gandhi might separate the decayed tooth from the other healthy teeth with a small sheet of rubber on a metal frame. The rubber sheet acts as protection to help stop liquid and tooth chips from entering your mouth and throat.
• Dr. Gandhi will then use a drill along with a few other instruments to remove the pulp from the tooth. She will fill the inside part of the tooth below the gum line with medicines, temporary filing materials and a final root canal filling.
• After the root canal, a permanent filling or crown (cap) is usually necessary. If a crown is needed, the Dr. Gandhi will remove the decay and then make an impression of the tooth. A technician uses the impression to make a crown that perfectly matches the drilled tooth.
• Your tooth may be fitted with a temporary crown until the permanent crown is made and cemented into place.
After a root canal, you can expect to be numb for a few hours until the anesthetic wears off. From there you can enjoy your restored tooth (or teeth) to it’s full extent.