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Root Canals

Root Canals

What are Root Canals?

A root canal is a dental procedure that involves completely removing the inner pulp of the tooth. This is done when the pulp has become infected or exposed. Oftentimes, a root canal is necessary if a tooth is causing you severe pain or is sensitive to hot and cold liquids. The need for a root canal can be determined with the help of an exam and x-ray.

Why would you need a Root Canal?

You may need a root canal if the inner pulp of one or more of your teeth has been exposed or is infected. If decay is left to continue infiltrating the tooth, this will eventually reach the pulp and cause it to become infected. Likewise, a tooth that has broken or cracked may expose the pulp, which results in severe pain and sensitivity. Root canals are one of the most common procedures done in-office, so they’re safe and incredibly effective.

What are the benefits of having a Root Canal?

If a tooth is causing you pain or severe issues with sensitivity, a root canal can put an end to this discomfort. The nerves and blood supply for the tooth are all within the pulp, so removing the pulp takes away the nerves that would otherwise cause a lot of pain. Root canals are essential for ultimately saving a tooth and preventing it from being fully extracted. Root canals are done successfully and are an effective way of completely saving one or more of your natural teeth.

What can you expect during the procedure for a Root Canal?

The area that will be receiving a root canal receives anesthesia to numb the tooth. The tooth is drilled into in order for the doctor to get down to the pulp. The pulp is removed from the tooth and the canals of the roots cleaned out. Medicated material is then poured into the roots to both prevent infection and create a solid foundation. The hole that was created is then filled with resin material. The root canal saves the tooth from being fully extracted and can improve the look of your smile.

If you need a root canal or want to know more about this procedure, our helpful staff members are here to schedule an appointment for you.