Root canals are probably the most misunderstood procedure in dentistry. While many people view them as “scary,” the truth is that a root canal is an effective treatment to stop pain and save your tooth.
When do you need a Root canal?
When the nerves in a tooth becomes infected, so they need to be removed. If left untreated, an infection can turn into an abscess and eventually cellulitis which is a much more serious problem leading to loss of tooth and bone around it.
With state-of-the-art technology and years of experience, your root canal treatment will be easier and more comfortable than you thought. We’ll make sure of it.
A root canal typically takes about 45 to 60 minutes, and it’s possible your root canal treatment will be divided into two separate appointments. It is a restoration that extends into the nerve chamber of your tooth. The infected nerve tissue is removed, the canal is cleaned and medicated, and then a filling material is placed into the canal to seal out future bacterial infections. They are essentially a filling that extends through the length of your tooth, rather than just the top of it. We will thoroughly numb the entire area around the teeth being treated, to prevent any discomfort. Before your injection we will even apply numbing cream to lessen the initial “pinch” felt from your shot.
Root canals are often needed for teeth that have:
- Had previous trauma
- Severe pain
- Evidence of a dying nerve (discoloration)
- Large cavities extending into the nerve chamber
- Large fillings that are leaking
- Fractured roots
Don’t put your root canal off. Waiting too long for treatment may cause the tooth to break down until it is no longer restorable, resulting in an extraction. Call us today for your no-hassle exam