Getting To The Root Of It
Deep in the center of your tooth below the white enamel and hard layer we call dentin, lies a soft tissue that many dentists like to refer to as, ‘The Pulp’. This tissue contains all the important components of your teeth such as, blood vessels, nerves, and other connective tissue, which all help grow the root of your teeth throughout their development. The purpose behind a root canal is to protect your oral health, and overall health by cleaning the infected tooth (or teeth) and filling them with an inert material, sealing them from infection.
Is A Root Canal Right For Me?
Root canals are needed in order to properly clean out the decay of your tooth’s pulp and the root. If you have noticed your quality of eating, talking or general interactions are interrupted due to pain when chewing, sensitivity, tooth discoloration, swollen dark gums, chipped or cracked teeth you may be in need of a root canal. And according to The American Association of Endodontists (AAE), you aren’t alone! It’s reported that there is an average of 15 million root canal procedures done in the United States each year.
Here is a list of common symptoms of patients in need of a root canal:
- Severe pain when chewing or biting
- Pimples on the gums
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Lingering sensitivity
- Swollen and tender gums
- Deep decay and darkening of the gums
What Happens During A Root Canal Procedure?
We know, it sounds scary. But getting a root canal procedure done, doesn’t have to be. We are going to break down what happens during your visit with us. You will be treated with care and respect from the moment you step into our offices. Your security, health, and well being is our priority. Endodontic treatment can often be performed in one or two visits and involves the following steps:
If your dentist or endodontist has recommended that you need a root canal, know that you aren’t alone. Below you will find the explanation of a root canal treatment, and how our caring staff can bring your smile back to life.
- First, your dentist will perform an oral exam.
- Then, you will have your picture taken! Well, of your teeth with our x-ray.
- Once you are back a local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area.
- Your tooth is cleaned and then shaped for preparation.
- The root canal is then filled with a biocompatible material called ‘gutta-percha’.
- The area is then sealed to prevent any further infection.
- After the final visit, you will need to come back to see us. A permanent dental crown or other restorative piece is then placed on the tooth to protect it, returning it to full functionality.
What to Expect After the Procedure
There are a lot of benefits that come with having a root canal, but the main one is relief from oral pain and discomfort. Along with this, you can expect to improve your overall health and well being too, starting at the root.
- Improved chewing
- Stronger bite
- Improved sensation
- Natural appearance
- Boost in self-esteem
If you believe that our root canal procedure is right for you, please feel free to reach out to our kind and attentive staff. We are happy to answer any questions and will work with you to ensure your satisfaction in the care for your smile.