<b>What are Root Canals?</b>
A root canal is a procedure that involves completely removing the pulp, or nerve, of the tooth. The inner pulp may become compromised or infected if decay has been allowed to reach the inside of the tooth. Likewise, an infection around or below the tooth may result in the need for a root canal. Most often, a tooth that needs a root canal will be severely painful and be sensitive to both hot and cold liquids.
<b>Why are Root Canals needed?</b>
A root canal may be needed if you ignored a cavity for too long, allowing the decay to reach the inside of the tooth. The procedure may be necessary if a tooth has cracked or broken, exposing the inside of the tooth and affecting the pulp. Likewise, a tooth that has an abscess underneath its roots may require this procedure because the pulp may have become infected. Root canals help to remove the pulp, blood supply and nerves to a tooth, resulting in pain relief and de-sensitivity.
<b>What makes you a good candidate for a Root Canal?</b>
Before any type of root canal is done, we perform an exam and take x-rays. If a tooth does not need a root canal, we will offer other treatment options to correct the problem at hand. However, most patients who need root canals can and should have the procedure done as soon as feasibly possible. Ignoring root canal therapy can result in a tooth that is incredibly painful and sensitive to outside stimuli.
<b>What happens during Root Canals?</b>
We begin by placing a rubber dam around the tooth, separating it from the rest of the mouth. The decay is removed from the tooth and the pulp is taken out with specialized tools. We then clean the tooth’s canals to remove any remaining pulp before a medicated material is poured inside. The hole that was created in the tooth is filled with a composite resin before being cured into place. The procedure is straightforward and easily done in our office when it is needed.
If you think you might need to have a root canal done, call our office today and we will be more than happy to help you out.