What are Root Canals?
Root canals involve fully removing the pulp from a damaged or infected tooth. The pulp houses the nerves and blood supply of the tooth, and this can become compromised due to decay or exposure. Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures performed worldwide. The most common sign of needing a root canal includes severe sensitivity as well as toothache and pain.
Why are Root Canals needed?
You may need a root canal if a cavity was ignored for too long and the decay was able to get to the center of the tooth. This is why it is important to come into the office for regular checkup visits. Another reason a root canal may be needed is if a tooth breaks or cracks. This may leave the pulp exposed to outside stimuli, which could result in severe pain and sensitivity to hot and cold.
Who is a good candidate for a Root Canal?
To determine if you need a root canal, we will perform an exam and take x-rays. This can help alert us if there is a problem and if a root canal is the best option for you. We recommend that if you need a root canal, you have the procedure done as soon as feasibly possible. This prevent further damage to the tooth as well as increased pain and sensitivity.
What happens during the Root Canal process?
We start by numbing the area with a local anesthetic. A dental dam is placed over the entire tooth so that it’s isolated from the bacteria in the mouth. Decay is removed from the tooth and the pulp is carefully and fully taken out. We clean the canals and then fill them with a medicated putty known as gutta-percha. The root canal is finished once the tooth has been closed with a filling and the dental dam removed.
If you think you would benefit from a root canal, call us today to schedule an appointment. We have in-office discount plants, conveniently low wait times as well as a full-service snack and beverage bar and other amenities.