There’s no reason to fear a root canal procedure! Today’s technology makes the process virtually painless.
What is a root canal?
The term “root canal” means cleaning of the canals inside a tooth’s root. Dr. Walters uses this treatment to repair and save a severely damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it.
In the past, root canal treatments often were painful. But with advances in dentistry and anesthetics, most people have little or no pain. Root canal alternatives include extracting the damaged tooth and replacing it with a dental implant, bridge, or partial denture.
Why would I need a root canal?
Teeth have a soft core called dental pulp. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp, causing serious infection or a tooth abscess. Eventually, these may lead to pulp death, bone loss, or loss of the tooth.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
Make an appointment with Dr. Walters if you have swelling around your face and neck, a hole in your tooth, toothache or tooth pain, gum swelling, and temperature sensitivity. Dr. Walters will also look for signs at your twice-yearly exam and cleaning appointments.
How long is the root canal process?
A root canal usually takes one or two visits, sometimes more for difficult teeth. The general procedure involves x-rays, anesthesia, removal of the diseased pulp, flushing, cleaning, and drying. When these steps are complete, the empty pulp chamber and root canals are filled with a rubber compound and sealer. Finally, a dental filling and crown are placed to protect the tooth and enable normal usage.
What happens after a root canal?
After your root canal, your restored tooth with the new crown should work normally and look aesthetically pleasing. Your restored tooth could last a lifetime with proper at-home and in-office care.