Why should I choose root canal therapy?
Toothaches are painful, and can distract you from living your best life. They can also be a sign of a serious infection. Fortunately, root canal therapy can provide you with the relief you need, and with modern techniques, you won’t feel a thing. Root canals can help restore the health of your tooth, and save you from a tooth extraction down the road.
The Root Canal Treatment Process
Diagnostics & Preparation
To find the source of your dental pain, your dentist will begin by performing a comprehensive exam and review of your x-rays to get a complete picture of your oral health. If your tooth is infected, they will determine the extent of the infection to decide if root canal therapy will be an effective treatment. If you end up needing a root canal, your dentist will begin the therapy by numbing the treatment site, all the way down to the nerves. Your dentist will discuss sedation options with you before starting the procedure.
Removing Decay & Infected Pulp
Once you’re comfortable and fully numbed, your dentist will begin the process of removing any decayed or infected material. Beginning with the enamel, your dentist will move inwards, toward the pulp. Once the infected pulp has been cleared out, the canals will be cleaned and the area will be flushed with a special disinfectant to eliminate any remaining infection.
Filling & Sealing
Once your tooth has been completely cleaned and sanitized, the interior will be filled with a rubber-like material called “gutta-percha.” An inert material, gutta-percha replaces the extracted pulp and helps to support the tooth and maintain its structure. Once the interior of the tooth has been filled, it will be restored with either a filling or a dental crown, depending on the extent of the decay, and how much healthy enamel remains.
Before & Afters
A smile is worth 1,000 words.
Did you know?
A root canal can save you from requiring a more invasive procedure, like an extraction.