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What are Root Canals?
A root canal is a restorative procedure that aims to eliminate the pain and sensitivity that one or more of your teeth is experiencing. Every one of your teeth has a small inner pulp, which is compromised of nerve endings and blood supply. When the pulp is exposed through a crack or break or if it’s become infected by decay, it needs to be removed. Removal of the pulp is done via a procedure known as a root canal, which is one of the most commonly performed dental procedures in the world.
Why might Root Canals be needed?
There are two main reasons for needing a complete root canal. The first, and most common, is because a tooth has become so severely decayed that the decay was able to reach the inner pulp. The second reason is because a tooth has cracked or broken, exposing the inner pulp to outside stimuli. When a tooth’s pulp has become damaged or compromised in some way, the patient will often experience severe pain and sensitivity.
What makes someone a candidate for a Root Canal?
Most commonly, a tooth that needs to be root canaled will be severely painful and sensitive to both hot and cold. This is often why most patients needing a root canal come in as emergency visits. In order to eliminate the pain you’re experiencing, a root canal is needed. We will conduct an exam and take x-rays to determine if the procedure is needed and if the inner pulp has been compromised.
What happens during a typical Root Canal?
We begin the process by numbing the area that will be needing the root canal. We then place a dental dam over the tooth to keep it isolated and to prevent bacteria in the mouth from entering the tooth while it’s open. We then work to remove any decay as well as the inside pulp using specialized dental tools. The canals of the roots are thoroughly scraped clean and filled with a special putty-like medicated material. The tooth is closed with a composite resin tooth-colored filling and the dental dam removed. Once the procedure is finished, you’ll benefit from a tooth that is no longer painful or sensitive.
If you’d like to learn more about root canals and how they’re done in-office, call us today to speak with one of our friendly team members.