Root Canal Treatment

For purposes of example, a typical molar in a person’s mouth has two or three roots. Within these roots are canals or nerves that were once the blood source which allowed the tooth to grow. Once a tooth is mature, it can become decayed and the canals can die or become infected. Often times swelling or discomfort are present; however, in some cases, the tooth may not produce discomfort but can still be infected and need treatment. When this happens, the canals need to be treated to save the tooth. This is accomplished by a Root Canal.

A Root Canal is the process of accessing the nerve chamber inside the root from the surface of the tooth. The nerve chamber or canal is cleaned out, sterilized and a medicated material is placed inside the canal to seal it. Once this has been done, there is no longer infection or remaining nerve tissue.

Having a Root Canal allows saving the tooth. After a Root Canal, the tooth is quite brittle and is no longer structurally sound. A Crown should be placed over the top of the tooth to keep it from breaking or fracturing. For this reason, it is important to note that a Crown is almost always recommended as part of the Root Canal procedure.

For You To Know Before You Have a Root Canal

  • A Root Canal generally requires two or three visits:
    • A consultation with x-rays
    • The Root Canal procedure itself. Once the Root Canal is completed, the tooth is then built up, as needed, to prepare it for the Crown. This requires shaping the tooth, taking an impression, fabricating the Temporary Crown and placing it on the tooth.
    • Approximately, two weeks later, we remove the Temporary Crown and fit or “seat” the new Crown to the tooth.
  • We use a local anesthetic to make the Root Canal procedure as comfortable as possible.
  • You will be given post-operative instructions to inform you of what to expect during recovery.
  • There are some Root Canals that we refer to specialists. This can be the case when the Root Canal is particularly complicated or a previous Root Canal has failed requiring it to be re-treated.

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