What are Root Canal Treatments?
A root canal is performed when the inner pulp of the tooth has been compromised. During the procedure, the pulp is removed and the canals filled with a medicated material. Root canals are often performed on teeth that are causing the patient pain or severe sensitivity. In order to determine if you need root canal treatment, an examination and x-ray will be required.
Why do you need Root Canal Treatments?
You may need to have a root canal performed if a tooth has been compromised and the inner pulp exposed. The center of a tooth is called the pulp. When the pulp becomes severely infected, it causes severe pain in the area. In order to save the tooth, and get rid of the pain and infection, the inner pulp must be cleaned of all bacteria that is causing the infection. An x-ray and examination is performed prior to the root canal being done. Some of the most common causes for needing a root canal include:
- Broken, chipped or cracked teeth
- Severe dental decay
- Large fillings that have compromised the integrity of the tooth
- Infection around or underneath a tooth
What makes you a good candidate for Root Canal Treatments?
In order to be a good candidate for root canal treatment, the inner pulp of a specific tooth needs to be exposed or compromised. To determine this, an examination is performed by our doctors as well as an x-ray taken of the tooth in question. Most patients who are experiencing severe pain or sensitivity in one specific tooth will need to have a root canal performed. The procedure is done quickly and easily in our office.
What happens during the procedure for a Root Canal?
You will first receive anesthesia to make the procedure more comfortable for you. The tooth is drilled into and the inner pulp is removed using specialized tools. The canals are then cleaned of all bacteria and then filled with a medicated material. Once complete, the holes in the tooth are filled with composite filling material and you will be given aftercare instructions. Most patients who have a root canal done will eventually need to have the same tooth crowned. Be sure to continue with your preventative care appointments to prevent future problems concerning your smile.
If you think you may need a root canal, call our office today so that we can be of further assistance to you and help with scheduling an appointment.