Root Canals

What are Root Canals?

Teeth have a small inner pulp that houses the blood supply and nerves. If this pulp becomes infected or irritated by decay or exposed through a crack in the tooth, a root canal is needed. Root canal treatments involve fully removing this inner pulp, thus eliminating the pain and sensitivity that you’re experiencing. It is often the only alternative to save a tooth from extraction.  

Why are Root Canals needed?

One of the most common reasons for needing a root canal is because a cavity or decay is ignored for a long time. Whether you were told years ago that you had a cavity or it’s been awhile since your last dental appointment, the tooth cavity might have gotten to the point of affecting the inner pulp and damaging it. Another reason for needing a root canal is because your tooth has broken or cracked. The inner pulp might have been left exposed through the crack, causing severe pain and sensitivity. Sometimes for an unknown reason the pulp inside the tooth dies and becomes infected. A root canal is needed to save the tooth from extraction.   

One of the most common reasons for needing a root canal is because a cavity or decay is ignored for a long time. Whether you were told years ago that you had a cavity or it’s been awhile since your last dental appointment, the tooth cavity might have gotten to the point of affecting the inner pulp and damaging it.

Another reason for needing a root canal is because your tooth has broken or cracked. The inner pulp might have been left exposed through the crack, causing severe pain and sensitivity. Sometimes for an unknown reason the pulp inside the tooth dies and becomes infected. A root canal is needed to save the tooth from extraction.  
 

Who needs a Root Canal?

While most cases of needing a root canal are apparent because of the tooth pain and sensitivity involved, in some cases patients don’t even realize they need to have a root canal treatment. Because of this, we’ll perform an exam and take x-rays to determine if a root canal treatment is needed. It’s important to have a root canal done sooner rather than later to prevent the problem from getting worse. The procedure is quickly and easily done in our office at your own convenience. 

What happens during the procedure for Root Canals?

We administer a local anesthetic to numb the area to be treated. A rubber dental dam is used to isolate the infected tooth. We then remove any decay from the tooth as well as remove the affected inner pulp. The canals of the tooth are then cleaned then filled and sealed. The tooth is then filled with composite resin or a temporary restoration. The root canal itself should take one or two one hour appointments at our office and can be scheduled when it’s most convenient for you. Usually teeth treated with root canals need a crown to protect them from future fractures. 

If you suspect that you need a root canal and want to come in for an appointment,  call our office today and we can help you further.