Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy is when the roots in the center soft layer of your tooth is removed, cleaned, and then filled. This layer is called the “Pulp” and includes blood vessels and nerves. Deep decay can cause the Pulp to become irritated or infected which if left untreated can cause the infected tooth to “Die”.

Root Canal Steps

To perform a root canal, we drill down and essentially hollow out your tooth. We then use special tools to remove any infection, as well as the roots of the tooth. Once the roots have been removed, the root canals are filled in with a special type of rubber, and then the tooth is filled back in. In general, it’s a 1-2 hour procedure.

So how do you know if you need a root canal? Simply watch out for these common signs of infection:

  • Pain while Chewing or applying pressure to a tooth.
  • Prolonged sensitivity or pain to hot or cold temperatures after cause of temperature change has been removed.
  • Discoloration or a darkening of the tooth.
  • Swelling or tenderness in gums surrounding the tooth.

 
In most cases we will be able to perform your root canal in our office. However, in some cases root canals require a specialist. If that is the case for you, we’ll refer you to a specialist we trust for treatment.