What are Root Canals?
A root canal is a restorative procedure that involves removing the pulp from an infected tooth. If decay has been allowed to reach the inside of the tooth or if a pulp has been exposed through a crack, we’ll recommend a root canal. Root canals helps to retain the overall structure of the tooth, which can prevent the need for an extraction. Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures performed worldwide.
Why are Root Canals needed?
A root canal is normally needed if a tooth has become severely decayed or has been damaged. If the pulp is infected by decay, it has to be removed to prevent future issues with pain and sensitivity. If a tooth cracks or breaks, the pulp may be left exposed and will need to be taken out. Root canals are a great option for keeping the tooth in place while eliminating the pain.
Who is a candidate for a Root Canal?
Most patients who need a root canal can safely have the procedure done. We will examine the tooth as well as take x-rays to determine if a root canal is needed. Root canals can be done on most any tooth within the mouth that is in need of the procedure. The procedure is normally done in just one visit to our office, making it convenient for your schedule.
What happens during the Root Canal process?
We numb the area with a local anesthetic to ensure the procedure is as comfortable as possible for you. We then work to remove the decay from the tooth after a rubber dental dam is placed. The pulp is taken out with special tools and the canals of the tooth’s roots are cleaned. We then fill these canals with a special medicated material known as gutta-percha. The tooth is filled as usual and you’ll be ready to leave the office. The procedure takes less than an hour in our office from start to finish.
If you would like to come into our office to learn more about root canals, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible.