What are Root Canals?
Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures performed worldwide. They involve removing the pulp of a tooth because it’s become exposed or decayed. The pulp is what houses the nerves and essential blood supply needed to keep the tooth vital. If this pulp has been damaged or compromised in any way, it has to be removed completely.
Why would Root Canals be needed?
The most common cause of needing a root canal is because a cavity was ignored for too long. Tooth decay starts out small and can eventually go deep enough to where it infects the pulp. Once it’s reached this point, the pulp has to be removed because it will probably be quite painful and uncomfortable for the patient otherwise. Another reason you might require a root canal is because one of your teeth broke or cracked so severely that the pulp was left exposed.
Who’s a candidate for a Root Canal?
Some of the most common signs of needing a root canal include a tooth that’s severely painful and sensitive to hot and cold liquids. Unfortunately, just going by these symptoms isn’t always the best way to tell if a tooth needs a root canal. With the help of an examination and an actual x-ray, we can determine if a root canal is necessary. If you need a root canal, we suggest having one done as soon as possible to prevent further infection of the pulp.
What can you expect during the Root Canal procedure?
We start by administering an injection of local anesthetic. We then remove any and all decay from the tooth and carefully remove the pulp. This is done with detailed instruments that allow us to clean the inside of the tooth’s canals. These canals are filled with a special material that contains a medication. The hole that we created is filled with composite resin filling material and hardened into place. Root canals can be expected to take about an hour in our office.
If you think you may need a root canal and want to come in for an appointment, call us now and our friendly staff members can further assist you.