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Root Canals

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal involves removing the pulp from the inside of an infected or damaged tooth. The pulp is often called the nerve because it houses both the blood supply and nerves vital to keeping the tooth alive. When tooth decay is allowed to reach the pulp or when the pulp is exposed through a crack, you’ll experience pain and sensitivity. At this point, the pulp needs to be removed via a root canal.

Why would a Root Canal be needed?

Most commonly, a root canal is needed because of a cavity that was left ignored. The decay from the cavity was able to reach the inside of the tooth, infecting the pulp and damaging it. Another reason you’d need a root canal is because a tooth broke or cracked to the point of exposing that pulp. Either way, a root canal is necessary to reduce the pain and sensitivity you’re experiencing currently.

What Is A Root Canal
Who Is A Candidate For A Root Canal

Who is a candidate for a Root Canal?

We can examine your teeth to determine if a root canal is necessary. Oftentimes, a patient who needs a root canal will experience severe pain and sensitivity to temperature extremes. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important that you come into the office to have an examination. If you need a root canal, it is important that you have the procedure done as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the tooth.

What happens during typical Root Canals?

We begin by administering a local anesthetic before isolating the infected tooth with a dental dam. The decay is then removed fully from the tooth and the tiny inner pulp is taken out. We clean and scrape the canals of the roots to remove any remaining pulp matter. Once this is done, the canals are filled with a special material and the tooth is filled with a tooth-colored composite filling. The dental dam is removed and you’ll be ready to leave the office without the pain and sensitivity specific to that tooth.

If you suspect that you need a root canal and want to learn more about the procedure, call us today and we can get you in for an appointment as soon as possible.

What Happens During Typical Root Canals

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