Root Canals

33A root canal is a treatment used when a tooth’s nerve or pulp has become infected or inflamed. The usual cause of this damage to the root is a large cavity or injury (such as a knocked-out tooth). The main purpose of a root canal is to save the tooth.

Benefits of a Root Canal

It Can Save Your Tooth | A root canal can save you from a tooth extraction. The loss of a tooth can lead to bone loss and premature aging, so if you can save the tooth, it’ll save you from needing a costlier restorative procedure.
It’s Simple | The root canal treatment is a fairly simple procedure. Most patients find the experience similar to that of having a filling placed.
Less Discomfort | It doesn’t feel too good when your tooth is infected. Clearing out the infected pulp can help lessen your toothache.

Root Canal – Step by Step.

  1. Anesthesia. The first step is to numb your tooth.
  2. Clearing the Way. An opening is drilled down through your tooth to the pulp chamber.
  3. Removing the Infection. The infected pulp is pulled out through the opening.
  4. Shaping. With the pulp gone, the area is shaped to make room for the filling. The canals are irrigated to clean and remove debris.
  5. Gutta-Percha. A permanent filling material known as gutta-percha is placed in the canals.
  6. Temporary Material. A temporary cap as added on top of the gutta-percha until the permanent filling is ready to be added.
  7. The Crown. Once the tooth is ready for the crown, the temporary cap is removed and replaced with a permanent filling/crown.
  8. The Post. Sometimes, the tooth needs a little extra support. In these cases, a post may be imbedded.
  9. Cemented. Once secured, the crown is cemented into place.

Don’t Wait!

A root canal shouldn’t be put off. If you need a root canal treatment, our quality team is here for you. Call for an appointment today!