Fix Damaged or Diseased Dental Pulp
An opening is made through the crown of the tooth and into the pulp chamber where the nerve is removed. All canals are cleaning ensuring that the entire nerve is removed, and the infection and bacteria has been cleaned out. Medication may be placed depending on the severity of the infection allowing the tooth to fully heal before the final material is placed in the root and the tooth is fully sealed. Depending on the tooth and the amount of natural tooth structure missing a crown or large filling will be needed to ensure an adequate seal to protect the root canal.Antibiotics are sometimes needed if the infection has spread.
Root canals address disease and injury to the dental pulp. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains the blood vessels and nerves that innervate the tooth. When the pulp is diseased or damaged it needs attention. This can occur if your tooth becomes cracked or damaged as well as if you have an existing filling that is large or a deep cavity. If you have any pain or sensitivity to hot or cold or discomfort on chewing you may need a root canal.
Frequently Asked Questions
With modern advances one of the greatest fears about root canal can be dispelled, a root canal is not painful. With our current advances in anesthetics, the level of discomfort is no greater than having a filling placed.
There is no validated scientific evidence that root canals cause you to contract a disease in other parts of the body.
We always advocate keeping your natural tooth or as much of the natural tooth whenever possible. A root canal allows you to keep the tooth.
Yes, if the tooth is beyond repair or if the patient prefers, we can extract the tooth in question and place an implant. An implant is a great option as well, as is done routinely.
No, that is a myth. It comes from Weston Price who ran poorly conducted experiments. He believed that toxins in a root canal cause cancer, heart disease, and arthritis. Modern dentistry has proven Price wrong on all accounts.