What is a complete Root Canal?
Root canals are one of the more commonly performed dental procedures performed around the world. It involves completely removing the inner pulp of a tooth. This pulp houses both the blood supply as well as the nerves that are crucial for keeping the tooth strong and healthy. When the pulp becomes damaged or compromised in some way, it needs to be taken out to prevent pain and severe sensitivity. We are able to perform root canals in our office in a comfortable, relaxed manner.
Why would Root Canals be needed?
Most patients need to have a root canal done because a small or large cavity was left without treatment. The decay eventually made its way down deep into the tooth, infecting the pulp. Another reason for needing a root canal is because a tooth cracked or broke enough to expose the pulp. It’s not uncommon for patients to have fillings that crack in a way that eventually effects the inner pulp.
Who is a candidate for Root Canals?
To make the decision if a root canal is necessary, we’ll examine your tooth and take an x-ray. Most often, patients who need a root canal will experience tooth pain, often severe, as well as sensitivity whenever they drink something too hot or cold. It’s important to have a root canal done as soon as you know you need one. This prevents the pain from getting worse, which could eventually lead to an infection or abscess.
What can be expected during the Root Canal process?
The root canal procedure begins with anesthetic that is used to numb the area. We then work to remove any present decay from your tooth. The small pulp is taken out with special dental instruments and tools. We thoroughly scrape the inside of these canals to remove any remaining pulp matter. The canals of the tooth are filled with a material known as gutta-percha. This medicated material helps to fill the tooth’s hollow roots and prevents infections from developing. The tooth will then be entirely filled with a typical filling material and cured into place.
If you suspect that you require a root canal and want to come into our office for treatment, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as feasibly possible.