At Duggan Dental, we offer treatments designed to restore your teeth and prevent long-term damage to your mouth. We utilize root canals to relieve you of dental pain and to save your teeth. Contact us to learn more...
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental treatment that is utilized to repair and save a tooth that has been severely damaged or infected. During a root canal procedure, the root, or pulp of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected and then filled with a dental material that will help prevent the tooth from further weakness and damage.
Causes of Damage to the Tooth Pulp:
There are many issues that may result in the need for a root canal procedure, the following are some of the most common issues:
- A cracked tooth
- A deep cavity
- Repeated dental treatment
- Trauma to the tooth, mouth or face
- A deep infection
The Root Canal Procedure
The first step in a root canal procedure is the initial identification of the problem. Your dentist will take an X-ray of your tooth to examine the shape of the root canals and to determine if there are any signs of infection in the area. Next, your dentist will numb the area to ensure that you do not experience any discomfort during your procedure. Once the area has been numbed for your comfort, the dentist will then drill into your tooth and remove the pulp and any other decayed and infected tissue. The area will then be flushed with a solution to wash away any remaining debris. In many cases, your dentist will like to wait a week or two for the area to heal before the seal the tooth, but once the area is healed, the interior of the tooth will be filled with a dental material called gutta percha and a crown may be placed on the tooth to prevent deterioration.
While you may experience pain if you have an infection in the pulp of your tooth, in some cases, there will be no symptoms. This is why it is vital to visit the dentist at least twice a year to have problems identified and treated as soon as possible! Contact us today to make your appointment. Schedule an appointment…