Dental accidents happen. Maybe you broke a tooth during a fall from your bike yesterday. Or maybe that cavity just got out of hand and burrowed its way deep into your tooth. Whatever the circumstances, pulp (the soft tissue inside teeth that contains blood vessels and nerves) can be damaged beyond hope of repair a number of ways, the only viable treatment option being root canal therapy to alleviate pain and avoid infection. Chances are you’re dreading the procedure, even though you may not know exactly what’s involved. This is perfectly natural, but our Holland dentists of Lakeside Smiles have found that education tends to take the edge off medical-related anxiety. If you come to us for a root canal, we want you to come knowing what to expect.
At the outset, it’s important to have a basic picture in your head of what the inside of a tooth looks like. Each of the teeth in your mouth has four basic parts that are arranged in concentric layers. In the same way that the planet Earth has a crust on the outside, a mantle further down and core at the very center; teeth have enamel on the outside, dentin a little further down and then the pulp. Normally when you have a cavity, all our Holland dentist has to do is drill a hole into damaged enamel or dentin to get rid of the decayed lesion and then fill the hole in. It’s relatively simple business. But when your pulp gets damaged — whether due to trauma or an especially bad cavity — the experts here at Lakeside Smiles will need to take somewhat more drastic measures, namely, we’ll need to perform a root canal. We’ll start off the procedure by giving you a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable throughout the operation. Second, we’ll drill a hole wide enough and deep enough to allow our Holland dentist access to the damaged pulp. Next, we’ll use specially-designed files to scrape the pulp not only out of the center of your tooth, but also out of the roots of your teeth. Finally, once everything’s cleaned out, the space left behind by the filing will be packed with a rubber compound, and the initial hole we drilled will be filled like a normal cavity.
Our Holland dentists of Lakeside Smiles know that the injuries and oral disease that lead to root canals are no fun. Thankfully, though, we are experts at performing the root canal itself, which should give you peace of mind.