What is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is performed when the inner pulp, or nerve, of a tooth has become infected or exposed. The inner pulp houses both the blood supply as well as the nerves of the tooth. When this area has been compromised in any way, it can cause severe pain and sensitivity to even the most minor of temperature changes within the mouth. At this point, a root canal is necessary to stop the pain and spread of infection.
Why would you need Root Canal Treatment?
You may need a root canal if the pulp of a tooth has been exposed or infected. The procedure involves removing the pulp so that the tooth no longer causes you pain or sensitivity. The tooth may have become compromised due to decay or there may have been a break, crack or fracture on the teeth that’s completely exposed the pulp. We can perform a root canal in a calm, comfortable manner.
What makes you a candidate for Root Canal Treatment?
Anyone who has a tooth that has a pulp that’s been exposed will require a root canal. Root canals take just about an hour to do in our office, so they can be conveniently scheduled for you to have done. To determine if a tooth needs a root canal, you’ll need to come in for an exam and series of x-rays. The exam as well as x-rays will help us determine if a tooth requires root canal treatment.
What can you expect during Root Canal Treatment?
You will receive anesthetic to make the procedure more comfortable for you. Dr. Chien will then work by separating the tooth in question from the rest of your mouth using an appliance known as a dental dam. A small hole is drilled into the tooth to expose the pulp. Using special tools, the pulp is fully removed and the canals of the tooth cleaned. The canals are filled with a special medication that will prevent the spread of infection. The hole that was made is then filled using composite resin material and cured into place.
If you’re in need of root canal treatment or just want to know more about this procedure, call us today and we’ll try our best to answer any questions you may have.