Each of your teeth has a pulp in the center. This pulp houses the nerves and blood vessels that keep the tooth vital and healthy. Unfortunately, the pulp can become infected and exposed because of certain factors, requiring the need for a root canal. While many people think of root canals as inconvenient, invasive procedures, they’re commonly performed in the office and are necessary to preserve the structural integrity of the tooth. Likewise, root canals are done comfortably and conveniently so that you can receive treatment when it is most needed.
Why Would a Root Canal Be Needed?
Most often, a root canal is needed if decay has been allowed to reach the inner pulp of the tooth. If you have a cavity that is continually ignored, the decay will eventually reach its way to the center of the tooth, infecting and compromising the pulp. Another reason for needing a root canal is because you have a tooth that’s cracked, broken or fractured and has exposed the inner pulp. The best method for telling if a root canal is needed is with an exam and dental x-ray.
How Long Does it Take?
Root canals typically take about an hour in the office. The procedure involves both removing the decay as well as the actual pulp of the tooth. One of the benefits of having a root canal done is that you’ll experience no sensitivity or pain to the tooth that’s been bothering you. Your root canal treatment can be scheduled at your own convenience and you can expect to be in the office for about an hour while the procedure is being done. We do our best to make the procedure as quick and comfortable as possible for you.
What to Expect During a Root Canal
The first step to the root canal is administering local anesthetic. This numbs the area and makes the procedure comfortable for you. We then place a dental dam over the tooth to separate it from the rest of your mouth. The decay is removed from the tooth and the pulp taken out using specialized tools. The canals of your tooth will be carefully and fully filled with a medicated material. The hole that was made in the tooth is filled with a composite resin and you’ll be well on your way to leaving the office experiencing a pain-free and infection-free tooth.