Root Canals

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a tooth treatment that attempts to save a decayed or infected tooth. Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or diseased. Causes of an infected pulp could include a deep cavity or a broken or injured tooth. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.

What is the procedure of a root canal?

The dentist will use a drill and other tools to remove the nerve and pulp of the tooth. The tooth is then sealed with either a permanent filling or a temporary filling.

After the root canal, a permanent filling and/or crown is often needed. If a crown is needed, the dentist removes the decay and then makes an impression of the tooth. A technician uses the impression to make the crown.

The procedure may be somewhat painful, and afterwards, the tooth may be sensitive for a while. Some patients may need to take antibiotics before and after the root canal to prevent infections. Your dentist will explain how to care for your teeth following the procedure.