What is a root canal?
A root canal is a simple treatment that saves a tooth when its pulp has become infected. The pulp is at the center of your tooth and is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of an infected tooth may include swelling of the gum, pain to chewing, or pain to thermal changes. There may be spontaneous pain or no discomfort at all.
How is a root canal performed?
If you experience any of these symptoms, we will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. We begin by removing the injured pulp and thoroughly cleaning and sealing the root canal system. This therapy is usually completed in one or more visits, depending on the extent of the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases.
We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia if indicated. Most our patients are able to drive home after treatment and comfortably return to normal activity right away.