What are Root Canals?
A root canal is a restorative procedure that helps to preserve an otherwise damaged and infected tooth. Every tooth in your mouth has a small inner pulp that houses the blood supply and nerves vital to keeping that tooth alive. When decay is allowed to infiltrate the pulp, or if a break in the tooth has left it exposed, the pulp needs to be removed via a root canal. Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures performed worldwide.
Why would Root Canals be needed?
The most common reason one may need a root canal is because of decay. If you were told you had a cavity, or if it’s been awhile since your last appointment, decay can get to the point of infecting the pulp. Another reason a root canal may be necessary is because a tooth has broken or cracked enough to expose the inner pulp. Most often, you’ll experience severe pain and sensitivity in a tooth when a root canal is needed.
Who is a candidate for a Root Canal?
Dr. Ferdkoff will examine your teeth to determine if a root canal is necessary. X-rays may be needed to further diagnose the problem, and once the issue is understood we will create a specialized treatment plan. If you need a root canal, it’s a good idea to have the procedure done as soon as possible. This prevents the infection from getting worse, and eliminates the chance of developing severe, painful toothache.
What happens during the Root Canal procedure?
Dr. Ferdkoff will first numb the area with local anesthetic. The tooth is isolated using a small rubber dental dam. Next, Decay is removed from the tooth before reaching the pulp. The rubbery inner pulp is removed from the tooth canal using special tools, and canals of the roots are scraped clean of any remaining pulp matter. The canals are then filled with a special material, and the tooth is given typical composite resin filling. The dental dam is removed, and you’ll be ready to go about your day.
If you think you might need a root canal, call us today to schedule a convenient appointment. We’re offering extended hours to our patients to help make scheduling the dental care you need convenient and easy for you.