What are Root Canals?
A root canal is performed when one or more of the pulps of your teeth have become infected or exposed. The pulp is located at the core of each tooth and is responsible for housing the blood and nerve supply to each individual tooth. When the pulp becomes infected by decay or has been exposed through a crack or fracture, it can cause severe pain and sensitivity. When this occurs, the pulp should be removed with the help of a root canal.
Why would you need Root Canals?
You may need a root canal if the pulp of a tooth has become infected or exposed. We will be able to identify the problem with the help of both an examination as well as an x-ray. This helps to determine if a root canal is necessary. If you have a cavity that has not yet reached the pulp of the tooth, a simple filling can be placed.
A root canal is performed when one or more of the pulps of your teeth have become infected or exposed.
What makes you a good candidate for Root Canals?
Most patients who need a root canal are good candidates to have one. In rare cases, the tooth cannot be saved and will instead need to be extracted. However, a root canal works by eliminating the tooth pain you’re experiencing while still retaining the structure and integrity of the tooth. Root canals are common procedures that are done in-office in under an hour.
What can you expect during the procedure for Root Canals?
You’ll first receive a local anesthetic to make the root canal more comfortable. Dr. Redfearn will use a drill to remove the decay and expose the pulp. Special tools are used to effectively remove the entire pulp and clean out the canals. Medicated filling material is placed deep into the canals and the hole that was made is filled. You’ll go home the same day with a tooth that is no longer bothering you or causing pain. A tooth that has received a root canal may eventually need a dental crown.
If you think you may need a root canal or want to know more about this procedure, call our office today and we’ll help to answer your questions.