What is a Root Canal?
A root canal involves the removal of the inner pulp of a decayed or damaged tooth. Every one of your teeth has an inner pulp that houses the nerves and blood supply necessary to keeping the tooth vital. When this pulp becomes exposed or infected, it needs to be removed to prevent further damage to the patient’s dental health. In most cases, a tooth that needs to be root canaled will be painful and incredibly sensitive to hot and cold liquids.
Why is a Root Canal needed?
Root canals are most often needed because a tooth has become severely decayed. A cavity was ignored or went unnoticed for too long, and the decay was able to reach the inner pulp. Another reason you might need to have a tooth root canaled is because it broke or fractured enough to expose the pulp. This again results in pain and sensitivity that can only be remedied with a complete root canal.
Who is a good candidate for a Root Canal?
To determine if you need a root canal, we will perform an examination. The exam allows us to check for areas of decay and whether or not the pulp was impacted. It is important to have the procedure done, if it is needed, to prevent further damage to the tooth. Root canals work to remove the inner pulp while retaining the actual structural integrity of the tooth itself.
What happens during the Root Canal process?
The root canal process begins with anesthetic used to numb the area. A rubber dental dam is typically placed over the tooth to keep it completely isolated. We then remove any decay from the tooth before taking out the pulp. The pulp is removed completely and the canals of the roots are filled with a medicated material known as gutta-percha. The tooth is then filled with a traditional filling. Most often, patients will need to have root canaled teeth crowned because they are more susceptible to cracking and breaking.
If you would like to come into the office for a consultation regarding a root canal, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible.