Root canal treatment (also called Endodontics) is needed when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected through tooth decay or damaged by an injury to your mouth. This infection may spread through the root canal system, which could eventually lead to an abscess, causing a great deal of discomfort. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the tooth may need to be taken out.
Root Canal FAQ
While it’s unfortunate that root canal treatment has earned such a negative reputation, it’s also understandable. Years ago we did not have the technology or materials to make root canals efficient and comfortable. But all that has changed, and now root canals are no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled.
A root canal is a very important procedure that is needed to save your tooth, and should not be put off. We have helped many patients get past their fear and worry about root canal treatment, and many tell us that treatment was not nearly as complicated as they thought it would be.
We want you to be completely comfortable, so we also offer different types of sedation like IV and oral sedation that can help make your root canal stress-free. If you tell us about your concerns beforehand, we can make accommodations during your treatment to keep you calm and relaxed.
The short answer is that we perform root canal treatment to eliminate a painful infection and save the tooth from extraction.
Root canals are necessary when extensive decay or trauma has caused an infection deep within your tooth. Common signs that you may need a root canal are pain that does not subside, the extreme sensitivity of the tooth, or a bump on your gum.
This part of your tooth contains pulp and nerve tissue that keeps your tooth healthy and alive. When an infection penetrates this area, you will likely experience acute pain, and it is necessary to perform a root canal to relieve this discomfort. The only other option is the extraction of the tooth, which should be considered a last resort.
During a root canal, we will first numb the area completely so you don’t feel anything. Then we make a tiny access hole in the tooth to reach the infected area.
State-of-the-art technology is used to gently and efficiently clear away the infection, and a filling material is placed in the area, then the tooth is sealed with a temporary filling. A dental crown will also be recommended to support and protect the tooth.
Modern root canal treatment is comfortable and efficient and nothing to be feared. If you have symptoms that you think might be related to a root canal infection, please call and we will see you as quickly as possible.
A root canal can be prevented by using good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and regular dental visits. If a dentist detects a cavity, it should be fixed with a filling as soon as possible. A cavity will become bigger over time and can lead to an abscessed tooth which is treated with a root canal.