What are Root Canals?
A root canal is a restorative procedure that involves full removal of a tooth’s inner pulp. Every single one of your teeth has a small pulp that is home to nerves and blood vessels. If the pulp is infected by decay or is left exposed, it’ll need to be taken out via a root canal. A tooth that requires a root canal will often be severely painful and sensitive to both cold and hot liquids.
Why are Root Canals needed?
One of the most common reasons for needing a root canal is because you have a tooth that is severely decayed. The decay may have started out small, but has gotten to the point of reaching the inner pulp. Likewise, a tooth that has cracked or broken might leave the pulp exposed. In either scenarios, a root canal is necessary so that the pain and sensitivity is resolved.
Who is a good candidate for Root Canals?
To determine if you may need a root canal, we’ll perform an examination. Oftentimes, x-rays help us to identify problems with a tooth and the need for a root canal. If you require a root canal, we’ll recommend having it done as soon as possible. This prevents further damage to the tooth and the eventual need for an extraction.
What happens during Root Canals?
The procedure starts with local anesthetic to numb the area. A rubberized dental dam is placed over the individual tooth to keep it completely isolated. The decay is removed and we will carefully clean the canals of the roots. Once the canals are cleaned, we will them with a medicated packing material. The tooth is then filled with filling material and cured into place. The dental dam is removed and you’ll be ready to go on your way to enjoy your day. Root canals are one of the most common procedures performed in dental offices.
If you think you may need a root canal and want to learn more about the procedure, call us today and we will be happy to assist you.