What are Root Canals?
A root canal is a procedure that involves fully removing the inner pulp from a tooth. The tooth’s pulp may have become infected or exposed through a crack. Oftentimes, a tooth that needs a root canal will be incredibly sensitive and painful. In order to eliminate this sensitivity and pain, the pulp is removed via a root canal.
Why are Root Canals needed?
The most common reason for requiring a root canal is due to tooth decay. When decay gets so bad that it reaches the inner pulp of the tooth, the pulp needs to be removed. This is why it is important to treat cavities early on before they are able to get worse. Another reason for needing a root canal is because you have a tooth that’s broken or cracked enough to expose the inner pulp.
Who is a candidate for a Root Canal?
To determine if a root canal is needed, we will take x-rays and perform an examination. In many cases, the tooth will show signs of pain and sensitivity, and it may hurt when you bite down onto something, like a hard piece of food. If you need a root canal, it is important to come into the office to have the procedure done. This prevents the problem from getting worse, which could lead to an abscess or infection.
What happens during the Root Canal procedure?
The procedure will begin with a localized anesthetic that is used to numb the area for your comfort. We then place a rubber dental dam over the tooth to keep it isolated. This prevents any saliva or bacteria from entering the tooth while it’s open. The decay is removed from the tooth and the inner pulp is taken out using specialized tools. We then work to clean the root canals and fill them with a special material known as gutta-percha. Once this is done, the tooth is filled with composite resin and you’ll be ready to leave the office.
If you think you might need a root canal, call us today so that we can get you in for an appointment at your earliest convenience.