What are Root Canals?
Root canal therapy is typically performed when the inner pulp, or nerve of the tooth has become infected by decay or has been exposed. The purpose of a root canal is to prevent the need for total extraction of the tooth. The process involves removing the pulp, or nerve so that you no longer experience pain and sensitivity. Dr. Adkins is able to perform a root canal in our office at your own convenience.
Why are Root Canals needed?
Most often, a root canal is performed when decay has been allowed to reach and infect the pulp of the tooth. This typically occurs when a simple cavity is allowed to get worse because it was ignored for too long. In other instances, the tooth might have cracked or broken, exposing the pulp and causing issues with pain and sensitivity. No matter the cause, we are able to perform a root canal in order to save the tooth.
What makes you a candidate for a Root Canal?
Before a root canal is performed, you’ll come into our office for an exam and consultation. For most patients, we take x-rays of the tooth to ensure that a root canal is needed. Most patients who require a root canal can and should have the procedure done. The procedure helps to maintain the structural integrity of the actual tooth, preventing it from being extracted.
What happens during Root Canals?
The very first step of the root canal is administering local anesthetic. This numbs the area and makes the procedure more comfortable. Next, Dr. Adkins will remove any decay and expose the pulp of the tooth. The pulp, or nerve is carefully removed and the canals of the tooth cleaned out using specialized instruments. The canals are then filled with a material that contains medication. The hole that was made in the tooth is filled with a simple filling material. You will find that a root canal eliminates the pain and sensitivity that you might have experienced before the procedure was done.
If you think you might need to have a root canal done, call our office and we’ll get you in for an appointment right away.