What are Root Canals?
A root canal is a procedure that involves taking out the pulp, or nerve, from a tooth. Root canals are restorative procedures, since they eliminate any pain or sensitivity that you’re experiencing while preventing the need for an extraction. This ensures that the tooth is able to stay in place and continues to be an integral part of your smile. Root canals are one of the most common procedures performed worldwide.
Why are Root Canals needed?
The reason a root canal may be needed is because of tooth decay. If the decay, or cavity, was able to reach the innermost part of the tooth, the pulp becomes infected. If a tooth has broken or cracked, this could leave the pulp exposed. In order to eliminate the pain and severe sensitivity associated with needing a root canal, we recommend having this procedure performed.
Who is a candidate for a Root Canal?
Dr. Sylvie Lam will examine the tooth to determine if you might need or would benefit from a root canal. Teeth can be examined as well as x-rayed to see if a root canal is necessary. We advise our patients to have root canals done as soon as possible to prevent further problems from developing. The procedure can be done easily in our office at your own convenience.
What happens during the Root Canal process?
The procedure will begin with an anesthetic that is used to numb the area. A dental dam is placed over the tooth in order to keep it isolated from the bacteria in the mouth. The decay is removed as well as the inner pulp. The canals of the roots are cleaned thoroughly and then filled with gutta-percha material, which is a rubbery medicated filling. The tooth is closed with a filling and you’ll be ready to go home within a matter of about an hour of coming into the office.
If you would like to come into our spa-like office for a root canal, call us today to speak with one of our friendly staff members.