What are Root Canals?
Each of your teeth has an inner pulp that houses the nerves and blood supply to the tooth. If cavities are left untreated, the decay can eventually reach this pulp and cause it to become infected. Likewise, a tooth that’s broken or cracked enough may expose the pulp, causing severe pain and sensitivity. In this case, a root canal is needed to remove the pulp fully and maintain the structure of the actual tooth.
Why are Root Canals needed?
The most common reason for needing a root canal is because decay has been allowed to reach the pulp of one or more of your teeth. Cavities that are left untreated can get to the point of the tooth needing a complete root canal. Another common reason for needing a root canal is because a tooth has cracked or broken in a way that exposes the pulp. One of the tell-tale signs for needing a root canal is severe toothache pain and sensitivity to hot and cold liquids that are specific to one tooth.
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Who’s a good candidate for Root Canals?
Most patients who need a root canal can and should have the procedure done. Root canals help to preserve the actual tooth rather than having it extracted. It’s not uncommon for patients to need a crown shortly after a root canal, so this is something to consider before having the procedure done. We can determine if a root canal is needed with an exam and dental x-ray.
What happens during the Root Canal procedure?
Local anesthetic is administered to numb the area. We isolate the tooth with a dental dam and begin working to remove the decay from the tooth. Once we’ve reached the pulp, it’s removed using specialized tools. The canals of the tooth’s roots are then cleaned fully to remove any remaining pulp. The canals are then filled with a special medicated material and the small hole we’ve created is filled with composite resin. You’ll be ready to go home and enjoy a tooth that isn’t experiencing pain or sensitivity.
If you think you might need a root canal or want to learn more about this procedure, call us today and we’ll help answer all of your questions.