What Are Root Canals?
A root canal is necessary to remove an exposed and infected tooth pulp. Each of your teeth has a pulp inside, which houses the nerves and blood supply. If a cavity is left untreated or if a tooth has broken, it may leave the pulp infected or exposed. A root canal involves fully removing this pulp to save the tooth from an extraction.
Why Are Root Canals Needed?
The most common reason for needing a root canal is because a tooth has become severely decayed. If a cavity is left untreated, the decay will eventually get to the point of infecting the tooth. Likewise, a tooth that has become broken or cracked may need a root canal because the pulp is exposed. When a tooth is causing severe, sharp pains and sensitivity, we may recommend a root canal be done.
Who’s a Good Candidate for Root Canals?
We will perform an exam and take x-rays of the tooth to determine if a root canal is necessary. Not every tooth that’s causing you pain or that’s sensitive has to have a root canal done. However, the vast majority of our patients who need a root canal can safely have the procedure done. Root canals help to preserve the structure of the tooth rather than fully extracting the tooth.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
We administer a local anesthetic to the area and begin by isolating the tooth using a dental dam. The decay is removed fully from the tooth and we’ll work to begin removing the pulp. This is done by using specialized tools and instruments. The canals of the roots are then carefully cleaned and filled with a special material. The hole that was made in the tooth is then filled with composite resin and cured into place. The entire procedure should take less than an hour in our office from start to finish.
If you think you might need a root canal, call our office today and we can get you in for a conveniently scheduled appointment.