What are Root Canals?
A root canal involves removing the inner pulp of an infected or damaged tooth. Each tooth has its own pulp, which houses the nerves and blood supply that are essential for keeping the tooth vital. When this pulp becomes compromised by decay or exposed through a crack in the house, it will need to be removed. Oftentimes, a pulp that is infected or exposed will be very painful and sensitive to both hot and cold.
Why are Root Canals needed?
A root canal may be needed because you had a cavity that was ignored for too long, or there might have been decay underneath a restoration that went unnoticed. Other times, a root canal is necessary because a tooth cracked or broke enough to expose the pulp inside. If you forgo treatment, the pain and sensitivity can get worse, and it may eventually cause an infection or abscess. It is best to have a root canal done as soon as you know you need one.
Who is a candidate for Root Canals?
Dr. Alfonso will examine your teeth to determine if you might need a root canal. The need for a root canal can be determined with an exam as well as a dental x-ray. Root canals can be done on virtually any tooth within the mouth. They help to retain the structure of the tooth without the need for an extraction.
What happens during Root Canals?
The procedure will begin with a local anesthetic administered to numb the area. A rubber dental dam is placed over the tooth to keep it isolated from the bacteria in your mouth. Dr. Alfonso will then remove any and all of the decay from the tooth. The pulp is taken out and the canals of the roots are scraped clean. The canals are then filled with a special material known as gutta-percha. The tooth is then filled as usual with a tooth-colored filling. You may need to have a crown placed after a root canal, since the tooth is more vulnerable to breaking and cracking.
If you would like to come into the office for a root canal, call us today to schedule an appointment with our friendly team members.