Root Canal Treatment
Root canal therapy is generally needed when the nerve of a tooth becomes infected from a large cavity or the nerve simply dies, which can happen for a number of reasons, such as an injury from trauma.
The root canal procedure is accomplished by removing the nerve of the tooth (which resides in the pulp chamber and in the canal spaces in the roots of the tooth), thoroughly cleaning this area, and then sealing the area with a rubber filling material. The tooth is then protected with a filling or a crown, depending on the situation.
Material science advancements and other technology have allowed for the development of tools that accomplish the root canal process with much more efficiency and effectiveness. As a result, this procedure now takes less time, is generally less painful both during and after the procedure, and creates a better overall result.
Getting a root canal has the unfortunate reputation of being very painful. However, most people report that the root canal procedure is no more painful than having a filling placed. Most cases where discomfort occurs is when a tooth is badly infected and has needed treatment for some time, but no treatment was ever done or if it was, it was never completed. In these cases, the patient is generally placed on antibiotics prior to the root canal procedure to help minimize the chances of feeling discomfort when undergoing root canal retreatment.
At our office, our team will ensure that your root canal treatment will be done with the highest level of care to help ensure a positive experience for a procedure that is often viewed as very painful.