Many people have heard of a root canal. They may have even heard it's painful and expensive. While partially true, root canals are necessary for many different circumstances. Dentists use root canals in order to clean a tooth or teeth from infection. You may need a root canal depending on how bad your particular tooth infection is.
Root canals are used for teeth with severe infections. When bacteria eat through the enamel and dentin of a tooth, it infects the tissue underneath the tooth. This tissue is hard to clean just by brushing and flossing, and usually, people aren't able to recover from this infected tissue unless they have a root canal. If left untreated, this infected tissue will most likely cause gum disease and further tooth decay.
How Is a Root Canal Performed?
When people think of root canals, they often think about how painful they can be. While it's true a root canal is slightly painful, our office takes the proper precautions to make sure our patients are as comfortable as possible. Most procedures start with numbing the area around the infected tooth. Next, we will make a small hole in the tooth in order to get to the pulp underneath the tooth. Then, the infected pulp is removed from the tooth. The last step of the procedure is to either fill in the hole with a composite material or install a dental crown. We will use either a crown or a composite based material depending on the severity of tooth decay.
While getting a root canal may seem daunting, it's a common procedure. Our office has many years of experience performing root canals, and we're here to help you. Please give us a call if you think you need a root canal. It's important to act fast to stop further tooth decay.