The root canal is meant to retain the structural integrity of the tooth, preventing it from having to be extracted.
What are Root Canals?
A root canal is typically necessary when the inner pulp, or nerve of a tooth has become infected by decay or has been exposed. This may occur if a cavity was left untreated and unfilled or if a tooth has broken and exposed the pulp. Dr. Bright is able to perform a root canal quickly and easily at a time that’s convenient for you. The root canal is meant to retain the structural integrity of the tooth, preventing it from having to be extracted.
Why are Root Canals needed?
A root canal may be necessary if a tooth has become severely decayed. The tooth might have had a cavity that was ignored and left unfilled. Likewise, a root canal may be needed if a tooth has broken or cracked and exposed the pulp. A tooth that requires a root canal may cause severe pain and be incredibly sensitive to hot and cold liquids.
What makes you a candidate for a Root Canal?
Before a root canal is performed, Dr. Bright will perform an exam and take x-rays of the tooth in question. This allows us to determine if a root canal is right for you and if it’s even needed. Once it’s determined that you’d benefit from root canal therapy, we’ll schedule an appointment for you to have it done. Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures and they are normally done in under an hour in our office.
What happens during the Root Canal procedure?
The first step to having a root canal done is receiving local anesthetic. Dr. Bright will then remove any decay from the tooth and to expose the pulp, or nerve of the tooth. The pulp is then removed using tools that reach deep into the canals. The canals are thoroughly cleaned to remove any remaining remnants of pulp. The tooth is then filled with a special type of medicated material. The hole that was made in the tooth is filled with a typical tooth-colored filling. You’ll go home within an hour of having the root canal procedure started.
If you think you might need a root canal or want to learn more about this option, call our office today at (330) 877-9935 and we’ll be happy to further assist you.