A root canal is a procedure that removes the decayed nerve (pulp) from the central part of the tooth. The canal is then shaped and a strengthened filler is placed.
A common misconception is that a root canal is a painful procedure. Actually, root canals are similar to having a cavity filled, producing minimal pain.
There are a number of reasons a root canal may be necessary, including:
- Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
- Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
- Tooth decay
- Chipped or broken tooth
- Trauma to the tooth
- Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
- Repeated dental procedures on a tooth
The root canal procedure involves the following steps:
- The patient undergoes anesthesia.
- The tooth is opened to allow for removal of the infected or dead dental nerve.
- The tooth is comprehensively cleaned, including any cracks and canals.
- With special tools, the doctor reshapes the canals.
- The tooth is filled again with filling material.
- A temporary covering is used to cover the access opening
- Following a recovery period, the patient will return for the placement of a permanent restoration.
Surf Smiles Family Dentistry will work with each patient individually to discuss the details of your treatment and any possible alternatives. Our top priority is to provide you with the highest standard of care.