Root Canals (Endodontics)
A Root Canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it. The common causes affecting the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma. The term “root canal” comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth’s root.
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Despite what you may have heard or read online, the goal of a root canal isn’t to cause you immense pain. Instead, the goal of the procedure is to save a tooth that is severely infected. Modern techniques and technology have helped root canals evolve into relatively comfortable treatments that often require no more than one or two trips to our office.
What to Expect If you think you need a root canal, consult our office. There are a number of steps that occur over a few office visits.
X-ray – if we suspect you may need a root canal, we will first take X-rays or examine existing X-rays to show where the decay is located.
Anesthesia – local anesthesia is administered to the affected tooth. Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is no more painful than a filling.
Pulpectomy – an opening is made and the diseased tooth pulp is removed.
Filling – the roots that have been opened (to get rid of the disease pulp) are filled with gutta-percha material and sealed off with cement.
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