Root Canals

So you need a Root Canal?

A root canal is a common dental procedure that involves removal of a tooth’s inner pulp. When the inner pulp, often referred to as the nerve, becomes infected or exposed, it will need to be removed. The root canal is the last line of defense in saving a tooth and preventing it from being extracted. 

Why might you need a Root Canal?

You may need to have a root canal performed if you had a cavity that was left untreated. Over time, the decay reaches the inner pulp of the tooth, infecting and compromising the tooth.  An additional need is if the tooth has cracked or has suffered from excessive force or stress.  Clenching, grinding or having poor alignment may lead to excessive forces being placed on teeth that may lead to eventual nerve damage.

What are the benefits of having a Root Canal?

A root canal is performed to save the tooth. Otherwise, the tooth may need to be extracted, resulting in the loss of the tooth. Root canals are common dental procedure and have a high probability of success. 

What can you expect during the procedure for Root Canals?

The area that will be having the root canal is anesthetized for your comfort. Dr. Jess will then place a dental dam to protect the patients air way and isolate the tooth being treated.  The decay is removed and the inner pulp is cleaned and disinfected.  The canals are filled with a special medicated material and sealed.  A filling or crown is then placed.

If you would like to learn more about Root canal therapy, call our office and our helpful staff members can help answer any of your questions.

All services are performed by a general dentist.