Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dentures, implants or bridges. At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp 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, or cracks. Symptoms of the infection may include visible swelling or fistula, throbbing pain, or pressure sensitivity.
How is a root canal performed?
The injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This will be completed in one or two visits. Success for this treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthetic to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment and will likely be comfortable returning to your normal routine. Most often it is recommended that a crown be placed soon after a root canal is complete to maintain the strength of the tooth.