What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a complex dental procedure that involves taking out the inside pulp of an infected tooth. This inner pulp can become infected or exposed over time and because of certain factors. If this happens, we will remove the pulp via a root canal. Most commonly, a tooth that will require a root canal will be very painful and experience sensitivity.
Why would Root Canals be required?
A root canal is normally needed if a cavity goes untreated for a long time. A second reason you might be told you require a root canal is caused by a tooth that’s fractured or broken to the point that the pulp is exposed. It is a good idea to have the pulp removed as soon as possible to prevent future problems from developing. Root canals are one of the more commonly performed dental procedures worldwide.
What makes you a viable candidate for Root Canals?
We can perform an examination to make the decision that you require a root canal. Oftentimes, we will need to take an x-ray to further identify areas of decay or pulp exposure. If you need a root canal, it is important that you have the treatment done as soon as you possibly can. This can prevent pain, discomfort and severe sensitivity to the tooth.
What happens during the Root Canal process?
The procedure starts with a local anesthetic to numb the area. We then isolate the tooth with a dental dam to prevent saliva and bacteria getting into the tooth. The decay is removed from the tooth and we’ll clean out the thin, narrow canals of the infected tooth to remove the pulp. The canals are then filled with a filling material that is medicated. The tooth itself will be given a filling and it’ll be cured into place. The procedure takes roughly about an hour in the office and is incredibly beneficial to the overall health and structural integrity of your tooth. It can prevent the need for an extraction due to severe decay and infection.
If you have a suspicion that you need this procedure, call our practice today and we can help to get you scheduled with an appointment.