What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure that involves completely removing the inside pulp of a tooth. This small pulp is responsible for keeping the tooth vital and healthy with its rich supply of blood vessels and nerves. Unfortunately, when the pulp becomes compromised or damaged in any way, it will need to be removed. Many patients who need a root canal will experience severe pain and sensitivity, so performing the procedure helps to eliminate this discomfort without extracting the tooth.
Why would you need a Root Canal?
A root canal is often needed because tooth decay has been allowed to get deep into the tooth. Once the decay reaches the actual pulp, you’ll experience pain, sensitivity and may not be able to apply pressure onto that tooth. If you’ve broken or cracked a tooth, the crack may be severe enough to expose the pulp inside. In this case, the pulp has to be removed via a root canal to eliminate the pain you are probably experiencing.
What makes you a candidate for a Root Canal?
Patients who require a root canal will find that one specific tooth is severely painful and sensitive to hot and cold liquids. You might not be able to bite down on that side of your mouth because of the pain that comes with pressure on the tooth. We will examine the tooth to determine if the pulp has been damaged or compromised. This is often done by taking x-rays and performing a dental examination.
What happens during the Root Canal process?
The root canal process always begins with local anesthetic to numb the area and make the treatment more comfortable for you. We then isolate the tooth entirely with a dental dam. The decay is thoroughly removed from the tooth and the pulp matter is taken out of the root canals. These canals are then cleaned fully and filled with a special medicated material. The tooth is closed off with a composite filling and the dental dam is removed. You will leave the office with the tooth intact and without the pain or discomfort you had been experiencing.
If you’d like to learn more about root canals and how they’re performed in our office, call us today to speak with one of our trusted team members.