Root Canals have a terrible reputation, with many patients dreading the experience and expecting severe and tortuous pain. At McOmber Dental, the reality is much different. We are proud to offer gentle and pain free root canal treatments.
A root canal (endodontic treatment) is typically required when the pulp inside a tooth has become infected or inflamed due to a very deep cavity, deep filling or some sort of trauma to the tooth, such as a fracture or crack. The pulp is tissue located in the innermost part of tooth and is vital to the health of the tooth- it contains blood vessels and nerves which provide a tooth with nourishment, strength and sensation. If the infection goes untreated, the tissues around the root of your tooth can also become infected. In that event, a patient may experience severe pain and swelling, abscesses inside the tooth or in the bone around the end of the root, or in the worst case- the complete loss of the tooth.
A root canal treatment (endodontic treatment) is the removal of the dental pulp, and the disinfecting and sealing of the pulp chamber. In our office, we perform numerous root canals. Our patients’ comfort is our top priority. An electronic apex locator is utilized to assist us in determining the length of the tooth root. This process takes the guesswork out of properly instrumenting and sealing the roots. Rotary files minimize the time spent cleaning the canals. These technological advances, together with the effective use of anesthetics, produce superior results, and make this procedure pain free, extremely safe, and can help save a patient’s natural tooth. Ordinarily, after the completion of root canal therapy, we will strengthen and protect the tooth with a filling or crown. This permits our patients to go back to biting and chewing normally, without pain or anxiety about the tooth.
You may require root canal treatment if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: