Root canals are typically recommended when the pulp or inner tissues have become infected or injured. Root canal treatments restore the tooth to its original function while preventing further damage. The key benefit is your ability to keep your tooth and avoid the need for an extraction allowing you to have a great smile.
Root canals or root canal treatments are a type of endodontic therapy. Root canals are utilized when injury or decay reaches deep into the pulp or nerve tissue of the tooth past the outer enamel layer. If left untreated, the infection or disease causes the tooth to die, thus prompting the need for an extraction. Symptoms of nerve necrosis or abcess include swelling, hot / cold sensitivity, throbbing, and severe pain.
Root canal treatments are completed as follows:
To restore the health of the tooth and avoid an extraction, our dentists will first remove the infected and injured nerve tissue tissues from inside the tooth. Then, the tooth is cleaned and filled with a medicated material. This is typically completed in one or two visits.
Root canal treatments have a reputation for being extremely painful, however, they can now be performed with minimal discomfort thanks to the advanced technologies used in our office.
Upon completion of the root canal, a core buildup and crown are recommended to protect and strengthen your tooth.