What are Root Canals?
A root canal is performed when decay has been allowed to reach the inner pulp, or nerve, of a tooth. Root canals may be necessary if a tooth has broken or cracked, exposing the inner pulp. During a root canal, the pulp of the tooth is carefully and completely removed to prevent further infection. By removing the pulp, any pain or sensitivity will be eliminated.
Why are Root Canals needed?
The most common reason for needing a root canal is because a cavity has been allowed to get worse to the point where it infected the inner pulp of the tooth. Another reason a root canal may be necessary is because a tooth has broken or cracked to the point of exposing the pulp. Some of the most common symptoms of needing a root canal include severe tooth-specific pain, sensitivity to hot and cold liquids, and a sharp, throbbing ache. Before a root canal is performed, we will examine the tooth and take x-rays to determine if the procedure is the best treatment option.
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What makes you a good candidate for Root Canals?
Many root canals are performed as emergency procedures, since one of the common symptoms involves severe pain. We can determine if a root canal is needed with a simple examination, and with the help of dental x-rays. Most patients who need a root canal can safely and easily have the procedure done. If you are currently in pain, or are experiencing tooth sensitivity, a root canal may help bring an end to your symptoms.
What happens during the Root Canal procedure?
First, a local anesthetic is administered so that the root canal remains as comfortable as possible. We separate the tooth from the rest of the mouth using a rubber dental dam. A drill is used to remove any decay and material, allowing the pulp to be exposed. The pulp, or nerve, of the tooth is carefully removed using specialized dental instruments. The canals of the tooth are cleaned, and then completely filled with a medicated material. The hole that was created in the tooth is filled with tooth-colored composite resin, which is cured and hardened into place.
If you think you may need a root canal, or want to learn more about this procedure, call our office today, and we will answer any of your questions.