When a patient has a tooth and the nerve is infected or decayed, a root canal is typically in order to clean and clear out this area completely. It is certainly not something patients want to hear, but today’s dental advancements allow for a smooth process that will save the tooth from extraction (removal) and help the surrounding teeth maintain their stability. We want to do everything we can to save your tooth, so a root canal is the preferred option. We want to save your tooth, so a root canal is a preferred option when it can be done with a reliable outcome. 

When You Remove Portions From The Root, What Happens? What Is The Root Canal Process Like?

During the root canal, what we remove is the pulp (tissue), the nerves, and any evident bacteria or decay that has led to the tooth’s current condition and infection. A small opening is made at the top of the tooth and we go in through there to clear away this debris and damage, clean the area thoroughly, and fill in the empty space with medications and dental filling materials used during root canals. The tooth will be capped off with a crown to keep it protected and stable. We will keep you as comfortable as can be during the root canal process, with as little pain as possible. You may feel some mild sensitivity post-treatment, but this will fade and eventually go away completely upon healing. If sensitivity or pain persists, please let us know and we will determine the cause and come up with a solution.

How Long Will The Root Canal Last?

You will not likely need to repeat the root canal procedure. Expect your root canal to last a lifetime unless another infection comes about and the process needs to be redone.

How Can I Tell If I Might Need A Root Canal?

Some signs that a root canal is in order include:

-Gum abscess 

-Sensitivity to hot and cold 

-Persistent toothache

-Swelling/tenderness

When you come for your exam, we will determine if you’re in need of a root canal to save your tooth and prevent further infection. If you are a good candidate, we will want to schedule your root canal as soon as possible.