What is a root canal?
A root canal is a common endodontic procedure that involves treating issues found in the “dental pulp” of your tooth—also known as the soft core portion of the tooth. The procedure can save the natural tooth and avoid the need for implants or bridges by salvaging the tooth’s natural structure. At Concerned Dental, we have in-house endodontic experts with experience salvaging the tooth’s natural structure through root canal and root canal retreatment.
Why is a root canal used?
Your dentist at Concerned Dental may recommend the root canal procedure if you experience any of the below signs and symptoms of a pulp (nerve) problem:
- Tooth pain
- Pain while chewing
- Gum tenderness
- Facial swelling
- Sensitive teeth (especially with hot or cold drinks)
- Pain when biting down
- Gum boils
What does a root canal involve?
A root canal involves your dentist at Concerned Dental performing the following steps:
- Your dentist may use sedation dentistry or another kind of anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure.
- Your dentist creates an opening in the tooth and the pulp area to remove any damaged tooth pulp.
- The canals in your tooth’s root are cleaned and sealed off to keep the damage from reoccurring.
- The procedure often involves two visits but can vary depending on your exact needs.
- Root canal therapy is usually very successful and causes little discomfort.
What are the benefits of getting a root canal?
Choosing to have your root canal procedure with the caring and experienced dentists and oral surgeons at Concerned Dental can offer you the following benefits:
- Procedure causes little pain and sedation dentistry is an option
- Removes diseased portions of the tooth pulp
- Relieves tooth and gum pain associated with diseased pulp
- Minimal discomfort following procedure
- Avoids further infections, complications, and pain