What are Root Canals?
A root canal is a restorative procedure that involves removing the pulp from inside a tooth. Most often, a root canal is needed because decay has been able to reach the pulp, causing it to become compromised and infected. The pulp contains the nerves and blood supply crucial for keeping a tooth healthy. Root canals help to remove the infected pulp while keeping the tooth itself intact.
Why are Root Canals needed?
The most common reason for requiring a root canal is because a tooth has become severely decayed. Decay can occur over time because of poor dental hygiene habits as well as a poor diet. Another reason a root canal may be needed is because a tooth has broken so severely that the pulp is exposed. When this happens, you may experience severe pain and sensitivity until a root canal is performed.
Who is a candidate for a Root Canal?
Dr. Bloom will examine your teeth to determine if you might need a root canal. If you need a root canal, it is best to have the procedure done as soon as possible to prevent future dental problems from developing. Likewise, when you need a root canal, your tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold as well as being severely painful. Root canals are common procedures performed daily around the world.
What happens during a Root Canal?
The procedure begins with a local anesthetic administered to the area being worked on. Dr. Bloom will then place a rubber dental dam around the tooth to keep it isolated from the bacteria in the mouth. The decay is removed from the tooth and the tooth is essentially opened to begin work. The pulp is removed with special tools and the canals of the roots are scraped clean. The canals are then filled with a special rubbery material and the tooth itself is filled with composite resin. Most often, a crown is necessary after a root canal, since the tooth is more susceptible to breaking and cracking without its pulp.
If you think you might need a root canal, call our office today and we can get you into our office with minimal wait times and friendly service.