What is a Root Canal?

A root canal involves the complete and total removal of the inner pulp of the tooth. The inner pulp of the tooth is often referred to as the nerve of the tooth, but it houses the numerous nerves that bring blood supply to the tooth itself. When a tooth has become severely decayed or infected, a root canal is often needed. This procedure is specifically designed to save the tooth in order to avoid a total extraction.

Why do you need a Root Canal?

You may need to have a root canal performed if you have severe decay that has reached the inner pulp of the tooth. A root canal may be necessary if you have an abscess underneath a tooth. A tooth that has severely broken, fractured or cracked may need to have a root canal. The procedure is done easily and quickly in our office, providing you with a pain-free alternative to extractions.

What makes you a good candidate for a Root Canal?

You will need to have an examination and x-ray done of the tooth in question to determine if a root canal is needed. If you are experiencing severe pain as well as a sensitivity to hot and cold liquids, this could be a sign that a root canal is needed. In any instance that the pulp has been exposed or compromised, a root canal is a viable option. We can help in determining if a root canal is the right procedure for you.

What happens during the procedure for a Root Canal?

The area that will be receiving the root canal will be numbed for your comfort. The decay is removed from the tooth and the inner pulp exposed fully. Specialized tools are used to remove the pulp and clean the canals. A medicated material is used to fill the canals and provide structural integrity. The hole within the tooth is then filled with composite resin and cured into place. Most often, a tooth that has received a root canal will need to be crowned shortly after.

If you think you may need to have a root canal done, call our office so that our helpful staff members can further assist you.