What are Root Canals?
Root canals are essential in maintaining the structural integrity of one or more teeth. Each of your teeth has an inner pulp which houses the nerves and blood supply needed to keep the tooth vital. If decay is allowed to get worse or if you have suffered from a broken or fractured tooth, this inner pulp may have been exposed or damaged. A tooth that needs a root canal may be incredibly painful and sensitive to both hot and cold liquids.
Why are Root Canals needed?
Most often, a root canal is needed because a tooth has become severely decayed. If you had a cavity that was ignored, the decay will eventually get to the point where it infects the inner pulp. Another reason you may need a root canal is because a tooth has broken or cracked. If the pulp has been exposed, a root canal will be needed to eliminate the pain and discomfort that you’re feeling.
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What makes you a good candidate for Root Canals?
Before the procedure is done, we’ll perform an exam and take x-rays of the tooth. This will help us to determine if a root canal is necessary. Just because you have a tooth that’s sensitive to hot and cold liquids does not mean that it needs a root canal. Only an exam and x-ray will help in determining if this is the best treatment for you.
What happens during the Root Canal procedure?
The first part of the procedure involves administering a local anesthetic. This helps to numb the area and make the procedure more comfortable. We then remove any decay from the tooth and expose the pulp. The pulp is then removed fully using specialized tools and the canals filled with medicated material. The hole that was created in the tooth is filled with composite resin so that you won’t even know the work was done. Root canals can be done in about an hour in our office and provide you with efficient and quick pain relief.
If you think you may need a root canal and are ready to come in for your appointment, call us today and we’ll work to get you in as soon as possible.