What are Root Canals?
A root canal is a restorative procedure that involves removing the inner pulp of the tooth. Each one of your teeth has a small inner pulp that houses both the blood supply and nerves crucial for keeping the tooth vital. If this pulp becomes infected by decay or exposed through a break or crack, it will need to be removed. Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures performed worldwide.
Why would Root Canals be needed?
The most common reason for needing to have a root canal done is because a tooth has become severely decayed. The decay was able to reach the inner pulp of the tooth, causing it to become compromised. Another reason for needing a root canal is because a tooth has broken or cracked. The crack may be deep enough to expose the inside of the tooth itself, leading to severe pain and sensitivity.
Watch the video: Dr. Bo Stanley of Austin, TX explains what a root canal is
Watch the video: Dr. Bo Stanley of Austin, TX explains what causes the need for a root canal
Who is a candidate for Root Canals?
Most often, patients who need a root canal will experience toothache, pain and sensitivity to hot and cold liquids. However, there may be times when you experience little to no pain when needing a root canal. The best way for us to identify the need for this procedure is with an exam and x-rays. The examination allows us to determine if a root canal is the best way to save a tooth.
What happens during the Root Canal process?
We numb the area with a local anesthetic. We then place a rubber dental dam over the tooth. This keeps it isolated and free of bacteria from other areas of the mouth. We then remove decay from the tooth as well as the inner pulp. The canals of the tooth’s roots are thoroughly scraped clean. We then fill these canals with a medicated material known as gutta-percha. The tooth is filled completely and the dental dam removed before the procedure is considered finished. We may take x-rays before, during or after the root canal to ensure that all canals of the tooth have been treated.
If you think you may need a root canal, call us today so that we can get you in for an examination at your earliest convenience.