What are Root Canals?
The inner pulp, or nerve, of each tooth is essential for keeping your smile healthy and strong. When this pulp becomes infected by decay, or has been exposed through a crack or break, it will need to be removed. Root canals are incredibly common dental procedures performed worldwide. They help to save a tooth from complete extraction, while handling the pain and sensitivity caused by an infected or compromised pulp.
Why would Root Canals be needed?
There are two reasons why a root canal may be needed. The first, and most common, is because the pulp has been infected by tooth decay. Whether this is caused by a cavity that was ignored, or decay underneath a restoration, the pulp needs to be removed to prevent further damage to the tooth. Another reason for needing a root canal is because a tooth has broken or cracked enough to expose the actual pulp.
Who is a candidate for Root Canals?
Dr. Ju will examine your teeth to determine if you may benefit from a root canal. If you need a root canal, you may find that the tooth is extremely painful, and is sensitive to hot and cold liquids. In order to prevent the pain or infection from getting worse, it’s a good idea to have the root canal performed shortly after learning that you need one. We may need to take an x-ray to further identify damage to the inner pulp.
What happens during a Root Canal?
The root canal procedure will begin with a local anesthetic administered to the area to improve your comfort. Dr. Ju will then place a rubber dental dam over the tooth in question before opening it up and removing the decay. The dental dam prevents saliva and bacteria from entering the tooth while it is being worked on. The pulp is removed, and the thin canals of the roots are scraped clean. A medicated material known as gutta-percha will be placed into these canals. The tooth is closed with a filling and the dental dam is removed.
If you suspect that you may need a root canal, call us today and our friendly staff members can help you further. We have extended office hours and an incredibly caring staff who are committed to providing our patients with superior customer service.