What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure that involves completely removing the pulp from a compromised tooth. Every one of your teeth has an inner pulp, which is responsible for housing the nerve endings and blood supply that keep the tooth healthy and vital. If this pulp becomes infected or is damaged due to a break or crack, it’ll need to be removed. Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures performed worldwide.
Why would you need a Root Canal?
The reason most patients need to have root canals done is because a tooth has become badly decayed. Once the decay reaches the inner pulp, it’ll become infected and may cause pain and sensitivity. Likewise, your pulp may need to be taken out because a tooth cracked or broke enough to damage it. Root canals are done as a way to eliminate pain and severe sensitivity while preserving the structure of the tooth.
Who is a candidate for a Root Canal?
The best way to determine if a root canal is necessary is with an exam and x-ray. The x-ray allows us to determine if the pulp has been damaged, exposed or is infected. If you need a root canal, it’s crucial that the procedure be done as soon as possible. By extracting the pulp, it’ll help to prevent the tooth from being removed completely.
How is a Root Canal performed?
The first step is to perform an exam and take x-rays of the tooth that may need a root canal. These x-rays allow us to see the pulp and to determine if it’s been compromised in any way. If we feel that you’d benefit from a root canal, we will have you go to one of our trusted endodontists in town. We work closely with these specialists to ensure that our patients receive the care and attention that they need. The procedure itself involves removing the pulp and filling the small canals of the tooth with a special medicated material. You will be left with a tooth that isn’t painful or sensitive, and it prevents the need for total extraction.
If you think you might need a root canal, call our office today and we will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.