What is a root canal?
With over 16 million root canal procedures preformed every year in the US, root canal
therapy is one of the most common dental procedures. This simple treatment can save
your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is the pulp. Pulp is a collection of connective tissue,
blood vessels and nerves that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of
the pulp can be caused by trauma, deep decay, fractures, or repeated dental procedures.
Symptoms of the infection can be identified as a visible injury, swelling, sensitivity
to temperature, or discomfort in the tooth and gums.
How is a root canal performed?
If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend
endodontic treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed
and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually
involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on
the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs over 95% 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. You will be able to drive home after your
treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a report of your treatment will
be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up
restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist
will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is
rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic
treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, we are here to help you.