What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a type of procedure that involves removing the pulp from a compromised tooth. The pulp is in the center of a tooth, and if the pulp becomes infected or exposed, it will need to be removed. Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures performed worldwide. They help to preserve the actual tooth, preventing it from being completely extracted.
Why would a Root Canal be needed?
The reason you may need a root canal is because a cavity was able to get worse over time. Once a cavity, or decay, is able to reach inside the tooth to the pulp, a root canal is necessary. Most often, you’ll experience severe pain and sensitivity when a tooth needs a root canal. Alternatively, a tooth may need to be root canaled if it cracked or broke enough to expose this inner pulp.
Who is a candidate for a Root Canal?
If you need a root canal, it is best to have the procedure done as soon as possible. This prevents the problem from getting worse, which could eventually lead to an infection or abscess. We can determine if you need a root canal with a simple examination and dental x-ray. The x-ray can help us to see how far down the decay has gone and whether or not it is affecting the pulp.
What happens during Root Canals?
The procedure begins with a localized anesthetic used to numb the area. We place a rubber dental dam over the tooth, preventing saliva and bacteria from entering the tooth. We then remove the decay as well as the pulp using specialized tools. We clean the roots’ canals to remove any remaining pulp matter. The canals of the roots are filled with a rubbery, medicated material known as gutta-percha. We then close the tooth with a filling and schedule you to come in to have a crown placed over the newly root canaled tooth.
If you think you may need a root canal and want to come into the office for an exam, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible.