Root Canal Procedure

The soft, living tissue found inside a tooth that holds the nerves and blood vessels is known as the pulp. The pulp can become infected if a cavity is left untreated or if damage has been done to the tooth. A root canal is designed to repair and save teeth that are infected or damaged, rather than having to get them removed. It can save you from experiencing more long-term pain as well as keeping your natural teeth.

How do you know if you need a Root Canal?

Some symptoms you may notice can include:

  • Serious pain in teeth
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold
  • A sore (or small bump) on the gums
  • Change in color of tooth

There are other symptoms associated with needing a root canal, but only your dentist can determine your course of treatment. They will go through a questionnaire and evaluation to better understand the best procedure you require.

Process of a Root Canal

A root canal treatment most often requires more than one office visit.

    1. X-rays: Your dentist will begin by taking an X-ray of the tooth to have a clear view of the infection.
    2. Anesthetic: An anesthetic is administered to prevent pain during the procedure. After the anesthetic is given, a cover known as a dental dam is placed over the tooth to keep it dry.
    3. Drilling: A small drill will be used to access the inside of your tooth. Once accessible, your dentist will remove the pulp inside the tooth.
    4. Filling: Once the pulp is removed and the tooth is free of infection on the inside, it will be filled with a rubber material. The filling may be substituted with a temporary filling until a crown or the remaining material drains out of the tooth.
    5. Finish: The final step of the procedure is for your dentist to place a crown or other type of cover over the top of your tooth. This will allow it to be used to its fullest potential.

Care instructions will be provided after any procedure. After the tooth is treated, it is normal to experience sensitivity around the area. A follow-up visit is often recommended to ensure all of the infection was successfully removed.

If you are experiencing and problems with your teeth we are happy to help. Give us a call with any questions, or to schedule an appointment today.

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