What are Root Canals?
A root canal involves removing the inner pulp from an infected tooth. Every one of your teeth has a pulp inside of it. This pulp is responsible for carrying vital blood and nutrients to the tooth itself. If the tooth becomes infected by decay or the pulp has been exposed through a crack in the tooth, it will need to be removed. Most often, a tooth that needs to be root canaled will be painful and sensitive to hot and cold temperature extremes.
Why would Root Canals be needed?
Most patients need a root canal because they had a cavity that was either ignored or never found. This is why it is important to keep up with routine dental appointments so that cavities can be found early on when they are easier to treat. You might need a root canal if you broke or cracked a tooth enough to expose the inside of the pulp. Root canals are specifically designed to eliminate pain and sensitivity while maintaining the structural integrity of the tooth itself.
Who is a candidate for Root Canals?
To determine if you need a root canal, we’ll perform a dental exam to check for areas of decay. We might need to take x-rays to further identify areas of deep decay. Oftentimes, a tooth that needs to be root canaled will be sensitive and severely painful. However, there may be instances when a tooth isn’t painful or sensitive and still needs a root canal.
What can you expect during a Root Canal?
The root canal process will begin with anesthetic that is used to numb the area of the mouth being treated. A rubber dental dam is placed over the tooth to provide a secure fit. This dental dam helps to keep bacteria and saliva out of the tooth while it’s being treated. The decay and pulp are then removed completely from the tooth. The canals of the tooth’s roots are scraped clean and then filled with a medicated material. The dental dam is removed and the tooth is filled with composite resin. You’ll then be able to go home feeling confident in your new, pain-free smile.
If you would like to learn more about root canals, call the office today to speak with one of our knowledgeable and friendly team members.