If a tooth is found to be severely infected or badly decayed, our dentists may recommendto save the tooth from needing removal. Thanks to modern technology, root canal procedures are now less invasive and less painful than ever before.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a chamber within the tooth that’s filled with a soft tissue, called pulp. When the pulp becomes infected, an abscess is formed. Once an infection progresses to that point, the only way to treat the infection without removing the tooth would be a root canal procedure.
During the procedure, the infected pulp will be removed before the tooth is sealed to prevent further infection. The tooth will then need to be topped with a crown or other tooth restoration in order to restore its appearance and function.
Aprocedure may cause some discomfort; however, it saves the tooth from severe pain in the future and prevents the tooth from turning into a dental emergency down the road.
Root Canal Procedure
After we determine that a root canal is necessary, we’ll begin the procedure with anesthesia. Our dentists will talk to you about what type of anesthesia will work best for you.
Next, we’ll need to drill into the infected tooth to remove the pulp and clean the area. Once the root canal has been thoroughly cleaned, it is then sealed with a putty-like substance called gutta-percha. This keeps harmful bacteria from returning once the procedure is complete.
After that, you’ll usually need a dental crown to reinforce the weakened tooth structure and protect the tooth from further damage.