What are Root Canals?
A root canal is a procedure that involves taking out the pulp of a tooth. Every one of your teeth has a small inner pulp that is responsible for housing the nerves and blood supply. If this pulp becomes infected or has been exposed, we’ll recommend removing it via a root canal. Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures performed nationwide.
Why is a Root Canal needed?
Most commonly, a root canal is required because a cavity was ignored or left undetected for far too long, allowing the decay to reach inside the tooth, infecting deep down into the pulp. Alternatively, if a tooth breaks or cracks, you may need to have a root canal done because the tooth is extremely painful and sensitive. Most patients who require a root canal will find that the tooth in question is painful and sensitive to both hot and cold liquids.
Who is a candidate for a Root Canal?
With the help of an exam and x-ray, we can determine if you might need a root canal. Most patients who need this procedure can be scheduled to have it done right away. It is better to have the root canal done as soon as the problem is found to prevent the pain and sensitivity from getting worse. Root canals help to preserve the tooth itself, and save it from being extracted.
What happens during the procedure for Root Canals?
A root canal procedure begins by administering a local anesthetic to the area. The tooth is isolated from the rest of the mouth using a dental dam. The decay is removed from the tooth, and the pulp taken out. The canals of the roots themselves are thoroughly cleaned out, and any remaining pulp matter is removed. We then fill these canals with a special medicated material, and place a tooth-colored filling to close the tooth. The procedure is quick, easy, and incredibly beneficial to your oral health.
If you suspect that you need a root canal, call us today and we will be happy to help get you in for an appointment.