When your tooth is decayed, a root canal may be the only remedy to save your teeth and avoid extraction. A root canal entails removing the tooth’s pulp from an infected or inflamed tooth. The pulp is the innermost chamber of the tooth that contains the blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues that keep your tooth alive and healthy.
When bacteria invade the pulp, it infects these tissues, causing excessive decay and discomfort. The only way to stop the infection and save the tooth is to remove the infected pulp with a root canal. If your dentist has mentioned that you need a root canal, you might wonder what to expect and how long the process takes, especially when a crown is involved. This guide highlights all you need to know about root canals.
Common signs that your tooth is infected and you need a root canal include:
If you have these symptoms, visit our dentist in west San Jose as soon as possible for treatment. The longer you wait, the more the bacteria eat up the tooth and the less the chance of saving the tooth. A root canal may not be possible if the tooth has suffered extreme damage. In this case, tooth extraction may be the best remedy.
A root canal is often pretty straightforward. The procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes. Below is a typical procedure of what to expect:
Contact our emergency dentist near you if you experience serious symptoms like severe pain, fever, excess bleeding, and persistent swelling after your root canal treatment.
Once your root canal is complete, the dentist will begin preparing the crown. They will trim down a part of the tooth’s enamel to create enough room for the crown to fit normally. Then, the dentist makes impressions of the prepared and other teeth and sends them to a dental lab where they make the permanent crown. The dentist may place a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth.
It takes 2 -3 weeks for the custom-made crown to be ready. Once ready, you’ll return to the dental office for the final fitting procedure. After removing the temporary crown, any adjustments are made as needed. Then, the dentist fixes the permanent crown in place. Your treatment will be complete.
Placing a crown on the tooth after a root canal is beneficial in several ways, including:
As we’ve seen, a root canal requires about two dental appointments to clean and seal the tooth with a dental crown. Fortunately, you can complete the entire process in 2 – 4 weeks. Contact our dentist in 95129 to know exactly how long your treatment will take.
For more information about root canal and dental crown treatments, contact Neeshat S. Khan to book your appointment today.