What are Root Canals?
A root canal is a procedure that involves completely removing the inside pulp of a tooth. When this pulp becomes infected by decayed or exposed through a break or crack in the tooth, you may experience severe pain and hypersensitivity. In order to eliminate the pain without removing the tooth fully, we will perform a root canal to take out the pulp. The pulp houses the nerves and blood supply to the tooth, so removing it can eliminate the pain that you’re experiencing.
Why might a Root Canal be needed?
Most patients need root canals because of tooth decay. If a cavity is left untreated or undetected for too long, the decay will eventually make its way to the center of the tooth. Likewise, decay might have gotten underneath a restoration, like a filling, and is able to infiltrate the pulp. If you’ve broken or cracked a tooth, it might have left the pulp exposed.
Who is a candidate for a Root Canal?
To determine if a root canal is needed, we will examine your teeth. X-rays are often needed to determine if the pulp has been impacted by a crack, break or decay. If you need a root canal, it’s important to have it done as soon as possible. This prevents the pain from getting worse, which could lead to an abscess or infection.
What happens during the Root Canal procedure?
The root canal process will begin with local anesthetic that is specifically used to numb the area. We then isolate the tooth with a dental dam. The decay is removed and we use special instruments to take out the inside pulp. The canals of the roots are cleaned and filled with a medicated material. The tooth is then closed off with a filling and you’ll be ready to leave the office. You can benefit from a tooth that is no longer painful or overly sensitive to hot and cold liquids.
If you would like to know more about root canals and how they’re performed, call us today to speak with one of our skilled staff members.