A root canal is used to save a tooth as opposed to extracting it. Saving your tooth will help retain your natural bite, restore your smile, and keep the rest of your teeth in the proper position. Although the words “root canal” may seem intimidating, it is a surprisingly straight forward procedure which can be done without or minimal pain in a few visits.
Your teeth have an inner pulp which contains blood vessels, nerves, and other tissue. This pulp may become infected, inflamed, or damaged through tooth decay or injury. Your doctor needs to remove this pulp in order to save your tooth. During a root canal the doctor will remove the damaged or infected pulp and repair the tooth by the addition of a composite filling. This filling actually strengthens the tooth, and it can be colored and shaped to match the color and shape of your natural teeth.
Why a Root Canal?
Your doctor may recommend a root canal for many reasons. Repeated dental procedures, a defective filing, infection, or injury may damage the inner pulp of your tooth. This can cause pain and lead to cracks which cause further damage. Cracks and damage to the tooth can lead to infection because the hard dentin layer which protects your teeth is compromised. You experience pain because the pulp is where the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth reside. A root canal not only restores your tooth, but relieves your pain.
Painless and Easy Procedure
Today’s root canals are performed much like a traditional filling. You will be made comfortable and the doctor will then examine the teeth and surrounding tissue and take x-rays and digital images of the tooth and jaw. A local anesthesia is used so that you feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure. Once the pulp is removed, the tooth is cleaned and then filled with gutta-percha, a rubber-like substance. Next a composite filling is place, shaped, and polished. A crown will be required for the tooth. The end result is a natural looking and feeling strong repaired tooth and no pain.
Call or contact Chelkowski Dentistry today and ask how a root canal can save your tooth. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have, and look forward to hearing from you very soon.