What are Root Canals?
A root canal is a restorative procedure that involves removing the inner pulp of a tooth. Each of your teeth has a small pulp inside, which is responsible for housing the nerves and blood supply specific for keeping the tooth vital and healthy. If the pulp becomes infected by decay or exposed, it will need to be removed via a root canal. Most often, you’ll experience severe pain and sensitivity when a tooth needs to be root canaled.
Why are Root Canals needed?
Most often, a root canal is necessary because a tooth has become severely decayed. Once the decay has been able to reach the inner part of the tooth, the pulp becomes infected and has to be removed. You might have also broken or cracked a tooth enough to expose the inside pulp. This exposure can cause severe toothache and sensitivity, so the pulp will need to be removed.
Who is a candidate for a Root Canal?
To determine if you might require a root canal, we’ll perform an examination. We often take x-rays of the tooth to identify where the pulp is and whether or not it’s been exposed or infected by decay. If you need to have a root canal done, it is important to sit for the procedure as soon as possible. This prevents the problem from getting worse, which could cause abscessing and infections.
What happens during the Root Canal process?
We first numb the area with a local anesthetic. The next step is to isolate the tooth with a rubber dental dam. The decay is fully removed from the tooth and the pulp taken out. We clear out the canals of the roots to remove any remaining pulp that is found. The canals are then filled completely with a medicated material that is known as gutta-percha. Once finished, we will the tooth and remove the dental dam. We may take x-rays before, during and after the root canal to ensure that all canals were treated and all pulp has been removed.
If you think you may need a root canal, call us today to schedule an appointment to come in for an examination.