Root Canal

Igor Babenkov, D.D.S.

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Roseville, CA

It’s always better to hold on to your natural teeth, so when a tooth is severely infected or damaged, you might need a root canal to salvage it. Movies and TV have given root canals a bad reputation when in reality, they’re actually not that painful of a procedure. The Dental Office of Dr. Igor Babenkov, D.D.S. in Roseville, California, offers high-quality root canals that will actually leave you feeling better. To learn more about how Dr. Babenkov can alleviate your pain and improve your oral health with a root canal, schedule a visit today by phone or online.

Root Canal Q & A

What is endodontics?

Endodontics is Greek for “inside the tooth.” It’s a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the complex structures inside your teeth, such as your tooth pulp, tissues, nerves, and arterioles. 

Endodontists have to complete additional training after dental school in order to perform procedures that deal with the inside of your teeth, like root canals.

What is a root canal?

Root canal therapy (or endodontic treatment) is the removal of your tooth’s pulp. Your pulp is the soft, inner layer of your tooth. It’s composed of connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerves. 

Why would I need a root canal?

There are many reasons why Dr. Babenkov might need to remove your pulp, such as:

Bacterial infection

The most common reason for a root canal is to treat a bacterial infection of your tooth pulp. When your pulp is infected, it gets inflamed and swells. This swelling pinches the nerves inside your teeth, which causes a great deal of pain. 

Fractures and chips

Root canal therapy is necessary in some cases when a large part of your tooth’s crown has become damaged or detached. Excessive damage to a tooth’s crown can leave your pulp exposed, which can be incredibly painful and problematic.

Injuries

If your tooth’s been entirely knocked out of its socket, you might need a root canal once you stabilize the tooth in order to keep it healthy in your mouth.

What happens during a root canal?

Dr. Babenkov uses a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding tissues and affixes a rubber dental dam around your tooth to protect the rest of your mouth. Next, he drills a small hole in the top of your tooth and uses a series of files to extract the damaged pulp within. 

After he removes your pulp, he cleans and disinfects the inside of your pulp chamber, sometimes using a topical antibiotic to ensure that all the bacteria is gone. He then fills your pulp chamber with gutta-percha, which is a rubbery, biocompatible material. Finally, he fills the hole in the top of your tooth and fits you with a crown.

What is a root canal re-treatment?

Every once in a while, a root canal is unsuccessful and Dr. Babenkov needs to re-treat you. Some of the issues that might require you to re-treat your root canal include: 

  • New decay or fracture in your tooth
  • Saliva leaking into the restoration
  • A cracked crown that leaks filling material
  • Narrow or curved canals that weren’t treated in the first procedure
  • Too much time elapsing between root canal treatment and placement of tooth restoration

Re-treatment is identical to the original root canal procedure, except Dr. Babenkov begins the procedure by removing the previous crown and packing materials with an ultrasonic handpiece.

To learn more about how Dr. Babenkov can improve your oral health with a root canal, book a visit today by phone or online.