What is a Root Canal?
A root canal, or root canal therapy, is a restorative procedure we use to save a tooth that has become infected. Before root canal therapy was available, teeth that became infected often had to be extracted. Using root canal procedures, we can now preserve most teeth–even if they’ve suffered a significant infection–and help your smile last.
How does a Root Canal Work?
Each one of your teeth contains a pulp chamber with living connective tissue. When infection reaches this pulp chamber, it can affect the nerves in your teeth that travel from the pulp chamber down tiny passageways (canals) in the roots of your teeth, causing a severe toothache. A root canal cleans out the infected tissue and sterilizes the tooth. With the infected tissue gone, patients are no longer in pain and can enjoy day-to-day activities again. After the tooth has been cleaned out, a porcelain crown is placed over the tooth to protect the remaining tooth structure.
The Benefits of a Root Canal
- Root canal therapy allows us to save teeth that would normally need to be extracted.
- Root canal therapy prevents the infection from spreading to other teeth.
- Root canal therapy provides relief for patients who are suffering from a severe, chronic toothache, and allows patients to feel comfortable again.
- Root canal therapy keeps patients healthy and prevents other more serious health problems.
At our practice, we offer compassionate and effective restorative services. If you need a root canal procedure, we’ll do everything we can to make you feel as comfortable as possible. To find out more about our root canal therapy procedure, call us at our office today.
If you are experiencing severe tooth pain and suspect you may need a root canal, call us immediately.