What is a root canal?
Many people don’t normally fear the dentist, but when a root canal is mentioned they turn and run the other way. With local anesthetics and advanced technology, modern root canals are actually very tolerable. This procedure is no more painful than getting a regular filling and upon completion, your tooth will look and feel completely normal again.
Root canals are generally used to preserve and treat teeth that have extreme root damage and are where the root has become infected. You may be asking yourself, how do the roots of your teeth become infected. The pulp is the inner part of your tooth, which extends into the root and connects to the nerve endings and tissues. When this pulp becomes infected, it affects the nerve endings, rotting the inside of your tooth and creates an immense amount of pain and swelling. If left untreated for an extended amount of time, you may lose your tooth.
At Library Plaza Dental Center, we use root canals to remove the damaged pulp within your tooth, as well as the infected roots. Any portion of your tooth that remains after this procedure may be enhanced with caps to restore your tooth’s natural appearance.
We offer emergency dental services so if you are experiencing a toothache of unparalleled proportions, call us. We offer weekend hours for your convenience.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get a root canal?
If decay has allowed bacteria to infect the pulp of your tooth, you may have to get a root canal. You’ll know you need a root canal if you experience an immense amount of pain on a daily basis. If done in time, root canals are a wonderful option to eliminate the pain you currently feel while preserving your natural tooth. Don’t ignore the pain you feel, contact us today to schedule your appointment.
What can I expect during the procedure?
If it has been decided that a root canal must be performed, you’ll be given a local anesthetic. Once the treatment areas are numb, the diseased pulp and root will be completely removed and treated. Your tooth will be sealed and then restored to its natural appearance by using a crown.
What will post-treatment look like?
It’s normal to experience some tenderness after your root canal procedure. You may notice that your gums appear to be inflamed, but with normal brushing, they will go back to normal in no time!