In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you’d probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called “root canal treatment,” your tooth can be saved. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. Leaving an infected tooth untreated could lead to much more complicated conditions including an abscess, which could result in extraction, as well as other more serious medical issues. This can not only injure your jawbones, but it is also detrimental to your overall health.

The root canal’s bad reputation began decades ago when modern technologies and anesthetics were not what they are today. Nowadays, root canals can be completed quickly and comfortably, putting those previous stereotypes to rest.

If you notice prolonged sensitivity to heat and cold or tooth tenderness to the touch (either with food or your finger), please come in so we can examine the issue.

How are root canals performed?

  1. First, the tooth is numbed and is covered with a dental dam to prevent saliva from contaminating the procedure.
  2. Next, the infected pulp is cleaned out from the canals that lead down to the tooth’s roots (hence, root canal).
  3. After the space is cleaned and shaped, the canals are filled with a rubber-like material and sealed shut with a temporary filling.
  4. Once the root canal is completed, an appointment is made to fit the tooth with a crown to protect it.

Caring for your mouth after a root canal

In the time between your root canal and when your tooth is fitted with a crown, the tooth is susceptible to fracture. You should avoid chewing or biting on it as much as possible. Other than that, with proper care, your treated tooth should last a very long time.