Root Canal Treatments
When the inner pulp of a tooth has been compromised, most often it is recommended to have a root canal done. This is done to remove the infected pulp and reduce the likelihood of the patient being in pain or dealing with future dental problems.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal involves removing the pulp of a tooth that has become severely infected. The pulp is where the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth are contained, and when this area is infected or exposed, severe pain and sensitivity can become a major problem for the patient. Therefore, the dentist will recommend removing the pulp to both remove the infection as well as the pain.
Why are they needed?
There are several reasons why a root canal might be needed. These include:
- Decay has reached the pulp of the tooth
- Trauma such as a broken or fractured tooth has occurred and exposed the pulp of the tooth
- The tooth has become severely infected
What to expect with the Root Canal procedure
The root canal procedure is relatively straightforward and is one of the most common procedures done in the dental office. It involves removing the inner pulp of the tooth which has become infected and cleaning out the canals of the tooth. Once the tooth has been cleaned and decay and infection have been removed, the dentist will begin filling the canals with a medicated composite material to eradicate any further infection or decay from entering the tooth. Most often, the tooth will need a crown due to it being compromised by the root canal. Once the crown has been added you will have a tooth that is stronger and restored.
It is extremely important that you see a dentist right away if you have pain in a specific area of your mouth that is constant. It is always best to try and save and restore your natural teeth, and a root canal can provide that option for you.
If you feel you need a root canal, or would like to inquire further about this procedure, please contact us today!