A root canal is a restorative procedure that removes the inside pulp from a tooth. Each tooth has a pulp, which is sometimes referred to as the nerve. When this nerve becomes infected or compromised in any way, we will need to remove it to eliminate pain and sensitivity that you might feel. Root canals are one of the most commonly performed dental procedures in the world.
WHY WOULD A ROOT CANAL BE NEEDED?
A root canal may be necessary if you had a cavity that was left untreated for a long time. The decay was able to reach deep inside the tooth to the point of impacting the pulp. You might even need to have a root canal if a tooth has cracked or broken and exposed the inside pulp. Many patients who need a root canal will experience severe toothache and sensitivity to hot and cold liquids.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR A ROOT CANAL?
To determine if a root canal is needed, we’ll perform a comprehensive examination and take x-rays. The x-rays often allow us to see how far the decay goes into the tooth or if the pulp has been left exposed. If you’re experiencing severe pain, sensitivity and toothache upon pressure of the tooth, we will recommend that a root canal be performed. If you need a root canal, it is important to have the procedure done as soon as possible.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE ROOT CANAL PROCEDURE?
The root canal procedure begins with anesthetic that is used to slightly numb the area where the work is needed. We then isolate the tooth using a rubber dental dam. The decay is removed from the tooth completely before the pulp is taken out. We carefully scrape the canals of the roots clean to remove any remaining pulp matter. These canals are then filled with a specialty medicated material. The tooth is then filled with a composite resin filling and the dental dam removed. You will then be able to leave the office pain-free and feeling confident in your smile.
If you would like to learn more about root canals and how they’re performed, call us today to speak with one of our trained professionals.