What are Root Canals?
A root canal is performed when the inner pulp of a tooth has become infected or has been exposed. Root canals are designed to save the overall structure of the tooth without the need for an extraction. By removing the infected pulp, it eliminates any pain or discomfort that you’re feeling while simultaneously saving the tooth. Root canals are incredibly common and can be done in about an hour in our office.
Why are Root Canals needed?
There are two main reasons for why a root canal may be needed. The first reason involves decay and it occurs when a cavity is allowed to get to the point of reaching the inner pulp, or nerve, of the tooth. The second reason has to do with the tooth cracking, breaking or fracturing. When the pulp becomes exposed, it can cause severe pain and sensitivity to both hot and cold. In either case, the pulp needs to be removed to eliminate the pain that you’re experiencing.
What makes you a good candidate for Root Canals?
Root canals can be done with local anesthetic, so they’re safe for both pediatric and adult patients. The procedure is done in about an hour and is incredibly common within most dental practices. The treatment saves the tooth from being extracted while getting rid of the pain you’re experiencing. We can determine if you need a root canal with an exam and dental x-ray.
What happens during a Root Canal?
First, we will administer local anesthetic to make the procedure comfortable for you. A rubber dam is used to isolate the tooth that will be receiving the root canal. The tooth is drilled to expose the inner pulp and remove any decay. Next, the pulp is carefully removed using small tools that clean and scrape the canals of the teeth. The canals are filled with medication that helps stop any infection. The hole that was made in the tooth is filled with a tooth-colored filling and cured into place. The root canal is now finished and you’re ready to leave the office.
If you think you might need a root canal and would like to learn more about this procedure, call our office today so that we can get you in for an appointment.