Root Canal

Root Canal Treatments

Root canal treatments can be the difference between losing a tooth and keeping it. This procedure removes infected tissue inside the tooth and replaces it with a rubbery substance that looks great and allows you to eat normally.

The most important thing to remember: root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it.

What Causes The Problem

Your teeth consist of different layers. The outer layers are enamel and a hard component called dentin. Underneath the dentin is the pulp (a soft tissue). The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. The pulp’s job is to help the tooth grow its root during development. Fully developed teeth can survive without pulp because they are nourished by the tissues around it.

If the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, this can cause a lot of pain in the mouth. Inflamed or infected pulp can also lead to an abscess if left untreated. Issues with the pulp can be caused by deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth, faulty crowns, or a cracked/chipped tooth.

The Treatment

Due to modern technology and our skilled team of endodontists, root canals can be completed in one or two appointments. They are as routine as a filling.

They simply go in, numb the tooth, and remove the infected pulp. Your endodontist carefully cleans the tooth, and then fills it with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Once this is complete, a crown or filling is put on the tooth for future protection. With the proper care, a single root canal treatment on a tooth can last a lifetime.

Benefits Of A Root Canal

  • Relieves pain and discomfort
  • Efficient chewing
  • Normal biting force and sensation
  • Natural appearance
  • Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain