Root Canal Treatment
Our dentists are trained to diagnose and treat problems located inside of the tooth with special endodontic equipment. Root Canal treatment is the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the dental pulp. The pulp is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, which are important in tooth development.
1. What is a root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is the removal of infected or inflamed pulp from the inside of the tooth. The pulp is removed from the crown and the roots of the tooth.
Pulp is the soft tissue inside the crown and roots of teeth containing nerves and blood vessels. Once an infected or inflamed pulp is removed, the tooth can function normally and usually be retained indefinitely.
2. What happens during a root canal treatment?
Your dentist will take an x-ray of the tooth and the area around it. The tooth will then be numbed (an injection) with a local anesthetic.
All tooth decay will be removed. The dentist will gain access to the pulp chamber of the tooth and remove the pulp from the crown and roots. The root canals are cleaned and completely sealed with a filling material to prevent further infection.
Root canal treatment may be completed over several appointments.
Following the root canal treatment, the tooth will be restored with a strong filling material or crown.