What is Root Canal therapy?
Root canal treatment is a procedure that involves removing the inside pulp matter of your tooth. If this pulp becomes decayed, infected or has been damaged by a break or fracture in your tooth, it may need to be taken out. Removing the pulp can help to eliminate any pain or discomfort that you are experiencing. Root canals are beneficial in that they eliminate this pain without fully removing the tooth.
Why are Root Canals often necessary?
One of the more common reasons for requiring root canal treatment is because you have a tooth that is severely decayed. If the decay has been able to reach the pulp, it will infect this area and cause the need for root canal treatment. Another reason for needing a root canal is if you’ve broken or cracked a tooth enough that it damaged the pulp. In either case, removing the pulp can eliminate the pain and sensitivity that you’re experiencing.
What makes you a candidate when it comes to Root Canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is a great way to preserve the structural integrity of a tooth while reducing pain and sensitivity. You can benefit from root canal treatment if your teeth is severely decayed or damaged. To find out if root canal therapy is necessary, we will perform an examination. The exam as well as an x-ray will give us an idea of whether or not the pulp has been affected in any way.
What happens during the Root Canal process?
The root canal procedure begins with anesthetic to numb one area of your mouth. We will then remove any obvious signs of decay, or cavity, from your tooth before we take out the inner pulp. The canals of the tooth’s roots are then cleaned thoroughly to remove any more of this matter from the canals before treatment. The thin canals are filled with gutta-percha, which is a medicated material. The tooth is closed off with a tooth-colored filling before you leave our office. You may need to have x-rays taken before or during the root canal so that we can be sure every canal is being treated.
If you think you might need to have a root canal performed and want to know a little bit more about how they’re done, call us today so that we can get you in for a convenient consultation appointment.