Root Canals

stock14If a tooth becomes badly decayed or damaged, it may require a root canal. If you do not address deep decay or damage, the tooth may become weak or even fall out. A root canal will conserve your tooth and eliminate your pain. By choosing a root canal, you prevent the need for an extraction.

A root canal is used to remove the inside of the tooth, or the pulp. The tooth’s pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth, and is connected to the tooth roots. Some patients have heard that root canals are painful and difficult, but in reality, they are similar to a simpler procedure like a basic cavity filling. Root canals eliminate much more pain and discomfort than they cause.

Causes of a Damaged Pulp

Even healthy mouths contain bacteria. If too much bacteria works on a tooth, it will destroy the enamel, forming a path for the bacteria to get into the pulp. Once the pulp is infected, you will probably start experiencing chronic toothache or sensitivity to hot and cold. The best way to prevent bacteria from building up in the mouth is by brushing, flossing, and rinsing regularly, and by seeing your dentist at least twice a year.

The Root Canal Procedure

Come see Dr. Shepherd DMD for an exam if you think you may have a damaged tooth. During a root canal procedure, Dr. Shepherd DMD will first isolate the tooth that needs work. He will create a small hole in the tooth and remove the tooth pulp through it. He will clean out the root canals and fill them with a rubbery material to prevent future damage from bacteria. He will then seal the tooth with an ordinary filling.

After a root canal, you will feel relief from any discomfort or infection related symptoms. Your tooth will function properly and you will not have to worry about further problems. You can also save your natural tooth. Give us a call today to see Dr. Shepherd DMD at Infinity Dental.