What are Root Canals?
A root canal is a restorative procedure that involves removing the inner pulp of a tooth. Every single one of your teeth has a small pulp in the very center. This pulp houses the blood supply and nerves essential for the strength and vitality of the tooth. If this pulp becomes infected by decay or is exposed, it can cause severe pain and sensitivity. This is when it’s recommended to remove the pulp via a root canal.
Why are Root Canals needed?
The most common reason for needing a root canal is because decay was allowed to go down deep into the tooth and reached the pulp. This is caused by a cavity being ignored and getting worse over time. Another reason for needing a root canal is because a tooth has broken or cracked, exposing the inner pulp. The common signs for needing a root canal are severe pain and sensitivity to hot and cold.
Who is a good candidate for Root Canals?
We will perform an examination to determine if you need a root canal. In some cases, an x-ray is needed to determine if the pulp is infected or exposed. If you do need a root canal, we recommend having it done as soon as possible to prevent the pain and sensitivity from getting worse. Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures done in offices.
What can you expect when having a Root Canal done?
We start by administering local anesthesia to make the procedure comfortable. A rubber dental dam is used to isolate the tooth so that it can be worked on properly. We then remove any decay until we reach the inner pulp. The pulp is fully removed using specialized tools and the canals of the roots cleaned. A medicated material is poured into the canals of the teeth and the small hole is filled with composite resin filling material. The filling is cured into place with a bright light and the rubber dam is removed.
If you think you might need a root canal, call our office today and we will be happy to further assist you in scheduling an appointment.