How this treatment will benefit your oral health
Tooth pain is a very common reason to visit an after hours dentist. Most of the time, when you experience tooth pain, it will be because of a large cavity that has caused an infection. And when this occurs you may need a root canal, which means that your dentist will perform a pulp extirpation first. This might sound scary, but it’s a fairly simple procedure that will save your tooth and almost immediately alleviate your pain. So if you need this procedure, here’s what to expect.
What is a Root Canal?
Root canals are usually performed when you have a tooth that’s so badly damaged from infection or injury that it can’t be fixed. This procedure will save the infected tooth. This is important, because if you have the tooth removed it can lead to further problems. When you have missing teeth, it can cause bone loss and make other teeth cave in towards the gap. To avoid this, you will need to have additional dental surgery to get a dental implant, which is a replacement tooth that’s attached to a titanium rod your dentist will surgically implant in your gum. The best way to avoid these problems is to have a root canal, which involves scooping out the pulp and replacing it with inert material. .
What is Pulp Extirpation?
Pulp extirpation involves removing the pulp from inside the tooth as part of the root canal procedure. You may need to have this treatment if you experience the following symptoms:
Pain or discomfort when biting down.
Pain that ranges from dull to severe in the roots and gum.
Discolouration on the gum that excretes pus.
Gum swelling around the infected tooth or teeth.
As part of the root canal procedure, your dentist will need to remove the pulp of your tooth or teeth. The pulp is a soft material that includes blood vessels and nerves. It’s often referred to as the nerve and extends from the root of the tooth nearly all the way to the tip. The pulp allows you to sense hot and cold and is the part of the tooth that feels pain when it becomes infected. Without the pulp, the tooth is basically dead and can’t feel anything, though the outer shell can still function perfectly well without the inner living matter.
During a pulp extirpation, your dentist will basically remove all of the infected inner tissue of the affected tooth. This will remove all the bacteria that’s causing the pain and infection and prevent it from travelling into the tooth. After the pulp is removed, it can be replaced with an inert material that preserves the strength of the tooth, saves it from extraction, and allows it to function as normal.
The Pulp Extirpation Procedure
If you need to have this procedure performed, here’s what to expect from the treatment:
You will be given a local anaesthetic.
Your dentist will make a hole in your tooth using the laser.
The pulp extirpation is performed and the infected pulp is removed.
The inside of the tooth is cleaned to prepare for the next stage of the root canal.
Inert material is put into the tooth.
The hole in the tooth is sealed and a crown is placed on the tooth.
The pulp extirpation can be performed on one visit. However, if the infection is severe you may need to make several trips to the dentist before the infection is cleared completely.