A root canal is a procedure that involves taking out the entire pulp of a tooth. Each of your teeth has a pulp, which is often called the nerve. If this pulp becomes infected by decay or is damaged in any way, it will need to be removed. You will find that an infected pulp becomes painful until it is properly removed. When you experience an infection inside your tooth, it can cause painful inflammation and sensitivity. Our dentists diagnose this condition by using digital x-rays and other testing to determine the cause of your pain.
The main reason a root canal may be necessary is because a tooth has become infected by decay. If a tooth has broken severely, it might have exposed the crack fully, causing a lot of sensitivity and pain. In order to eliminate this pain, we recommend that the pulp be removed as soon as possible. This can even prevent an infection from developing as a result of leaving the pulp in place.
Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be re-treated due to new infections.
The best way to determine if a root canal is needed is with an examination. We may take x-rays to better identify areas of decay or to see if a pulp has been impacted by a break or crack in the tooth. It is recommended that if you need a root canal, it be done as soon as possible to prevent problems. Our goal is to provide you with a healthy, pain-free smile as soon as possible.
A root canal is a procedure specifically designed to save you from losing a tooth. Our teeth are comprised of certain parts, one of them being the pulp. A tooth’s pulp is where the nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue are housed. When this area becomes inflamed or infected, then a root canal procedure must be taken in order to save that tooth from falling right out of your mouth.
The process starts with local anesthetic, which is used to numb an area of the mouth. We then work to remove the decay from the tooth and take out the pulp. The dentist will drill into the tooth and remove the pulp and decay from the canals before filling the canals and sealing them with dental cement. You may also be given antibiotics to help kill the rest of the infection.
Once this is done, we will recommend crowning the tooth to keep it fully protected. The root canal procedure takes about an hour in our office and allows you to leave pain-free.
If there is significant damage to the tooth or the root canal was done on a back tooth, you will need to come back once your tooth is healed to get a crown put on. The crown will help strengthen and stabilize the tooth.
If you would like to learn more about root canals and how they're performed, call us today and we can help to answer any of your questions.