When caught early, cavities can be simple to treat. However, if a tooth’s infection spreads into the roots, a root canal may be necessary. Thankfully, modern advancements in dental techniques and technology have made this procedure straightforward and painless. At Oral Implants & Reconstructive Dentistry, we can use a root canal procedure to restore your beautiful, healthy smile!
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure we use to treat severely infected teeth. When a cavity has spread into the bottom layers of a tooth, a root canal may be necessary. This is often the best way to save a decayed tooth. By eliminating the infection and filling the space with a strong composite resin, we can prevent further decay.
What is the Procedure?
Root canals must be performed by certified endodontists. Although we do not have an endodontist on-site at our office, we work very closely with one. If you need a root canal, we will have this specialist come to our practice to perform your procedure. You can rest assured that you are in good hands during your treatment!
To begin the procedure, we will inject a small amount of anesthetic into the area around the affected tooth. This will numb your gums so you will not feel any pain during your root canal. If you are worried about your treatment, or if you experience dental anxiety, we would be happy to discuss other dental sedation options. At Oral Implants & Reconstructive Dentistry, your comfort is our top priority!
Once your tooth is ready, your endodontist will make a small opening at the top of the tooth to remove the infected pulp and nerve tissue. After this, they will gently shape the inside of the tooth for the filling. Your tooth will then be cleaned and sanitized. Finally, we will fill the space with the durable filling and will cap your tooth with a crown. These will ensure your tooth is strong and protected!
Are Root Canals Safe?
Yes! Root canals are very safe. Modern technology has significantly improved the root canal procedure. Now, root canals have an extremely high success rate! Our professional endodontist has years of experience performing root canals and will ensure you are safe and comfortable throughout your procedure.
If you think you may be a candidate for a root canal, please call our office today at 614-885-1215 to schedule an appointment!