Root canals are a common in-office procedure that involves removing the entire inner pulp of the tooth where the nerves are found. Root canals are often done to retain the integrity of a tooth when decay has reached the pulp, or when there is other trauma present that has exposed the pulp of the tooth.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal treatment is a dental procedure that involves completely removing the inner pulp of a tooth and filling the canals with a medicated material. When the tooth needs a root canal, it is because the inner layer of the tooth, or the pulp, which contains the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth, have become infected and needs to be removed. Once the pulp has been removed, and decay has been cleaned out from the tooth, the canals are then filled with a composite material. This material seals up all parts of the tooth that have become exposed, preventing any further decay or bacteria from entering the tooth. Once the tooth has been sealed a dental crown usually is permanently placed on top of the tooth restoring its functionality and look. The procedure may be recommended to you if you have a tooth that is severely decayed or has experienced some other type of trauma that is causing the pulp to be exposed.
Why You Might Need a Root Canal?
There are several reasons why we might recommend that you have a root canal done and these include:
- Your tooth has become severely decayed
- Your tooth has a large crack or break in it, which has exposed the pulp
- Your tooth has experienced some other type of trauma
- The tooth has become severely infected causing severe pain
- You want to retain the tooth’s integrity while eliminating the problem
If you need a root canal done or would like to inquire more about this procedure, contact us today and one of our staff members will be happy to assist you!