Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is a dental procedure that involves removal of the infected pulp tissue from inside the affected tooth in order to remove the infection.
Why do I need a root canal?
Root canal therapy is required when there is an infection in the pulp of your tooth. Once you have an infection in the pulp of a tooth, you will need a dental intervention as this type of infection cannot clear up on its own.
If an abscess develops in your tooth, significant complications such as loss of the tooth or bone loss can occur. A root canal removes the infection and prevents future infections from developing.
What will happen during my root canal?
During a root canal, our dental team will begin by applying a local anesthetic. We will remove the infected pulp from your tooth. Once the infected pulp has been completely extracted, we use dental material to fill in the hollow area in the tooth created by the extraction.
Typically, a crown will be recommended on a tooth that has had a root canal to provide strength and structure and to protect it from future damage.
What will I experience after my root canal?
Often patients tell us that there is no discomfort after a root canal, although some minor tenderness may be experienced for a short period of time.
You may be prescribed medications such as anti-inflammatory or antibiotics.
After your root canal, you will be able to enjoy food and drinks without sensitivity or pain due to heat, cold, or pressure.