Project Description

Root Canal Therapy

If you have been told that a root canal is necessary to save one of your teeth, it is important that you understand why this procedure is necessary and what happens during root canal treatment.

  • Inside each tooth is a pulp chamber that contains the nerves and blood supply for the tooth.
  • When the pulp becomes infected due to decay, fracture or injury to the tooth, the pulp must be removed from the center of the tooth and the canals of each root.
  • Once the infected pulp is removed, the remaining chamber is filled with a rubber-based material to seal it off.
  • All teeth that have had root canal therapy must be protected with a tooth-like artificial covering known as a crown. This is because teeth that have had the pulp removed are more susceptible to fracture.
  • Most patients report that having root canal treatment today is as unremarkable as having a cavity filled.

This procedure can be done painlessly and is an effective way to treat a tooth that is infected.

Results of Root Canal Therapy

  • Efficient chewing
  • Normal biting force and sensation
  • Natural appearance
  • Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain

Myth Vs Fact

Many people fear the words “root canal” because they believe it is a painful process.  However, most of the time a root canal is recommended because someone is already suffering from a toothache caused by inflammation or infection.  The truth is most patients can have a comfortable treatment experience with the help of modern techniques and anesthetics.

Patients may experience some sensitivity for the first few days after the treatment, especially if there was already pain or infection present before the root canal treatment.  This can be relieved through the use of over the counter or prescription medications.

 

FAQ

If you have questions regarding the root canal treatment process please give us a call or check out this list of FAQ.