What is a root canal?

A root canal (or an endodontic) treatment is a common dental procedure performed to save your natural tooth caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels and nerves that help to build the surrounding tooth and can become infected and the given infection is released at the root tip of the tooth giving way to an abscess.

Root canals are fairly common. This simple treatment can save your natural tooth. Root canal treatments have a poor reputation due to instances in the distant past that antibiotics were not given to the patient before the treatment and the necessary anesthetic would not take due to being blocked by the infection itself. Now days, we make sure that the anesthetic will take by giving you the necessary antibiotic treatment before the root canal treatment.

Symptoms of the infection can be:

  • Visible injury
  • Swelling of the gums
  • Sensitivity to temperature
  • Pain and/or pressure in the tooth and gums

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend this less invasive treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

What happens after a Root Canal treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed, the root canal is capped with a temporary filling and a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact your office for a follow-up permanent restoration within a couple of weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth, but this is usually followed by a crown (cap) to protect the now fragile tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to help and respond to this situation.

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