What is a Root Canal?

It begins with tooth decay

Tooth decay can extend down into the pulp causing the pulp to become infected.

What is the pulp?

At the center of your tooth is what we call pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that feed and build the surrounding tooth. When you experience tooth trauma, decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures, the pulp can become infected..

Followed by pain

An infected pulp will cause pain and can also result in an abscessed tooth when infection and swelling develops in the tissues around or beneath the tooth.

And the need for a root canal

When the pulp becomes infected or the tooth becomes abscessed, it is necessary to perform a root canal.

Root Canal Therapy

Designed to remove nerves from the infected pulp of a tooth, root canal therapy eliminates infection and pain while also reducing the chance of future infection.

Saving Your Natural Teeth

Over 14 million root canals are performed every year to save natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.

Do you need a Root Canal?

If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, you may need a root canal:

·       Persistent Pain in tooth, jaw, face, bone

·       Tooth discoloration (gray or black)

·       Sensitivity to Hot or Cold (sharp pain or dull ache)

·       Cracked or Chipped Tooth

·       Swelling or Gum Tenderness near painful tooth

·       Bump-like pimples near painful tooth

·       Tooth movement

What to expect during a root canal

A root canal usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. The damaged pulp is removed, and the root canal system is meticulously and thoroughly cleaned and sealed. Because we typically use local anesthesia, most patients can drive home and return to their normal routine immediately after their visit.

Root Retreatment

Root canal treatment is designed to last for life with proper care. However, sometimes a tooth may not heal properly after treatment. When this happens, pain and infection can return within months, or not for several years after treatment. The return of pain and infection necessitates retreatment to save your natural tooth.

Here are a few reasons why the initial treatment may not have delivered long-term success:

  • Narrow or curved canals were not treated during the initial procedure.
  • Complicated canal anatomy went undetected in the first procedure.
  • Crown placement or another restorative procedure was delayed following the root canal
  • Restoration did not prevent salivary contamination to the inside of the tooth.

Sometimes new issues arise with a tooth that has been previously treated. Below are a few common causes for retreatment.

  • New decay can expose the root canal filling material to bacteria, causing a new infection in the tooth.
  • A loose, cracked or broken crown or filling can expose the tooth to new infection.
  • A tooth sustains a fracture.

Complimentary Consultation

Our team has the expertise and experience to effectively diagnose and treat root canal issues. Please contact us today to schedule your complimentary root canal consultation.

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