What are Root Canals?
A root canal involves removing the pulp of one or more of your teeth. Each of your teeth has an inner pulp that houses the nerves and blood supply vital to keeping the tooth strong and health. If the pulp becomes decayed or if it is exposed through a break or crack, it will need to be removed. Most often, a tooth will become severely painful and sensitive if its pulp is exposed or infected.
Why are Root Canals needed?
Usually, a root canal is needed because a cavity was ignored for far too long. The decay was able to get to the center of the tooth, infecting the pulp and causing the need for a root canal. Another reason you may need a root canal is because a tooth has cracked or broken. This may leave the pulp exposed, causing pain and sensitivity.
Who is a candidate for Root Canals?
We can examine your teeth to determine if and when you may require a root canal. We often recommend that if you do need a root canal, it’s performed sooner rather than later. This can prevent the pain and sensitivity from getting too bad and causing the need for an extraction. Root canals are a great way to save the structural integrity of the tooth while eliminating the pain.
What happens during the Root Canal procedure?
We will administer local anesthetic to numb the area. A rubber dental dam is placed over the tooth to isolate it from the bacteria in the mouth. The decay is thoroughly removed from the tooth and the pulp taken out. This is done with special tools and instruments. The canals of the tooth are then cleaned out and filled with a specialized material. The hole is then filled with a composite resin (tooth-colored) filling and you’ll be well on your way to leaving the office.
If you think you might need a root canal and want to learn more about the procedure, call us today and we will be happy to further assist you.