What is a root canal?
With over 16 million root canal procedures preformed every year in the US, root canal therapy is one of the most common dental procedures. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is the pulp. Pulp is a collection of connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma, deep decay, fractures, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as a visible injury, swelling, sensitivity to temperature, or discomfort in the tooth and gums.
How is a root canal performed?
If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend endodontic treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.
Root Canal Overview
To provide you with a better understanding of root canals, view this multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.