What are Root Canals?
Every one of your teeth has an inner pulp that houses the nerves and blood supply specific to that tooth. If this pulp becomes infected by decay or exposed through a crack in the tooth, you may experience severe toothache and pain as well as sensitivity to hot and cold. In order to eliminate this pain without having to extract the tooth, a root canal can be done to remove the pulp.
Why might Root Canals be needed?
Most of our patients will need a root canal because a tooth has become so decayed that the pulp has become infected. Once this happens, there is typically no way to save the pulp and it will need to be removed. Another reason for needing to have a root canal done is because a tooth broke, cracked or fractured so severely that the inner pulp was left exposed. If you need a root canal, you’ll more than likely be experiencing pain and sensitivity, so it is important to have the procedure done to eliminate this discomfort.
Who is a good candidate for a Root Canal?
To determine if a root canal is needed, we will perform an exam and take x-rays. With both, we will be able to decipher if decay has reached the pulp or if the pulp is exposed. We will ask you about any symptoms that you have to further identify the need for a root canal. If you need to have a root canal done, it’s important to come in for treatment before the issue gets worse.
What happens during the procedure for a Root Canal?
We will begin by numbing the area of your mouth where the root canal is needed. We then place a tight rubber dam over the tooth to keep it perfectly isolated. This will prevent bacteria and saliva from entering the tooth while it is open and being worked on. We then remove the entire area of decay as well as the inner pulp. The root canals are completely cleaned out to remove any remaining pulp matter. We then fill these canals with a special medicated material before filling the tooth. The dental dam is removed and you’ll leave the office with a tooth that is pain-free and restored.
If you think you might need a root canal and want to come in for an examination, call us today to speak with one of our helpful staff members. We take a one-on-one approach to care and offer low office wait times to improve your experience with us.