What is Root Canal Therapy?
When the inner pulp of your tooth has been exposed or has become infected by decay, you will need root canal therapy. Root canal therapy involves the full removal of the pulp of the tooth, which is sometimes referred to as the nerve. The pulp is responsible for bringing blood supply and sensations to the tooth. When the pulp is infected, it can cause the patient severe pain and sensitivity.
Why might you need Root Canal Therapy?
A tooth that has severe decay will need a root canal. Most often, a smaller cavity that was ignored is allowed to get larger until it reaches down into the pulp. Some decay is more aggressive than others, so this can occur quickly even if you’ve recently been to the dentist. If the pulp is exposed through a crack or fracture, a root canal is necessary.
What makes you a good candidate for Root Canal Therapy?
Root canals require no surgery and can be done in about an hour in our office. For this reason, most patients who need root canal therapy can easily have the work done at their own convenience. The procedure is ideal for children as well as adults, as it retains the integrity and structure of the actual tooth. Root canals are incredibly common and provide patients with a healthier, full smile.
What can you expect during Root Canal Therapy?
The doctor will first administer a local anesthetic. The tooth may be separated with the help of a dental dam. The doctor then drills into the hole to remove decay and to expose the pulp. The pulp is removed completely and the deep canals of the tooth cleaned out. A medicated material is used in the canals to ward off infection. The hole is filled and cured into place. The dental dam is removed and you’re ready to go home and enjoy a pain-free tooth.
If you are in need of a root canal or want to know more about this procedure, call our office and we will work to answer your questions.