Dental Services, Dental Surgery

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal, or endodontic therapy, is the process of removing infected tissue from the roots of the tooth. A root canal is often done to save a tooth that has a damaged nerve that is no longer viable. When bacteria enter your tooth through deep cavities, cracked or flawed fillings, your tooth can become abscessed. An abscessed tooth is a tooth with an infection in the “nerve” or pulp. If the pulp becomes infected, it needs to be removed. An abscessed tooth may cause pain or swelling. Dentist will notice the infection from a dental x-ray or from other changes with the tooth. If left untreated, an abscessed tooth can cause oral health problems.

Process

This first step of the procedure is to anesthetize the area. The next step is to open an access point through the top or biting surface of the tooth. Each canal is then cleaned and shaped in preparation for the filling material. Once each canal is prepared, it is filled with an inert material and the canals are then sealed. The tooth is now ready for restoration, which is usually a crown. The entire procedure is often completed in one or two visits.

Signs / Symptoms for a tooth in need of a Root Canal

  • Moderate to severe lingering toothache pain when drinking hot or cold liquids or food
  • Moderate to severe pain when biting on a tooth
  • Sensitivity to tapping or pressure on the tooth
  • Toothache that wakes you up in the middle of the night
  • An abscess on your gum may release pus or blood

If you have any pain in your tooth or suspect there may be a problem, please call us to book an appointment so we can examine and possibly treat your tooth the same day.

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

A root canal is performed when the endodontist removes the infected pulp and nerve in the root of the tooth, cleans and shapes the inside of the root canal, then fills and seals the space. Afterward, your dentist will place a crown on the tooth to protect and restore it to its original function.

A root canal procedure sounds scary, but with today’s technology, it’s typically not a whole lot more different than having a deep filling. There’s little to no pain because your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb your tooth and gums so you’re comfortable during the procedure.

Root canals are over 95% successful and can last a lifetime. The most important thing to do to make a root canal last as long as possible is get the permanent restoration (fillings or crowns) on the tooth immediately following the root canal and maintain that restoration with impeccable hygiene.