A root canal is a dental procedure that removes infected tissue from a tooth. The infected tissue can affect the tooth’s root and nerve. Hence, the dentist will clean out the diseased nerve tissue. Once a tooth is infected, it not only causes discomfort, but the infection can spread to the jaw and cause serious long-term complications.
Root canal infections happen when tooth decay penetrates deep enough to reach the inner pulp chamber of a tooth. The pulp chamber contains blood vessels and nerves. When tooth decay reaches these sensitive tissues, it can cause an infection. When an infection occurs, the pulp begins to die. The tooth can become painful and may turn grey or brown in color. If left untreated, an infected tooth may need to be removed.
To complete your root canal, our dentist will first numb the area around the tooth. Then, we will make a hole in the tooth and remove any infected pulp. We will clean and disinfect the root canal and then seal it.
If you are feeling any pain during the procedure, we will administer sedation to keep you comfortable. We may also prescribe pain medication or antibiotics for a few days after the procedure.
When your dentist has diagnosed you with an infected tooth, he or she may recommend root canal therapy. This can help save your tooth from extraction. The tooth’s interior is cleaned and sealed, removing all infection. Afterward, the tooth continues to function as normal. Root canal therapy also prevents the spread of infection to neighboring teeth, keeping your smile healthy.
Root canal therapy is not painful. In fact, patients report that they feel little to no discomfort during the procedure. If necessary, your dentist can provide you with a local anesthetic. A root canal may be performed over the course of one to three appointments, depending on the size and complexity of the tooth.
Your dentist will numb your mouth before removing your infected or inflamed tooth pulp. Then, we will sanitize and seal your tooth to prevent further decay. A crown is also recommended to extend the life of your tooth.