Root Canal Treatment
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is performed when the dentist removes the infected pulp and nerve in the root of the tooth, cleans and shapes the inside of the root canal, then fills and seals the space.
Why do I need a Root Canal?
A root canal may be needed if you have a deep cavity, severe pain, repeated dental procedures that disturb the nerve of the tooth, a cracked or fractured tooth, Injury to the tooth, etc.
Who performs Root Canal Treatment?
Your dentist may do the root canal or your dentist may refer you to a dentist who specializes in the pulp and tissue, this specialist is an Endodontist. (Depending on the dentist the treatment takes 1 or 2 office visits to complete.)
Do I need a Root Canal?
If untreated, the tissues around the root of your tooth can become infected. If an infection occurs, you may get pain and swelling. An abscess may form inside the tooth or in the bone around the end of the root of the tooth. If left untreated, the infection in the tooth can spread to other parts of the body & in some cases even be life threatening.
Once my root canal is complete, do I need to do anything else with the tooth?
Yes. The dentist will place a temporary filling in the tooth after the procedure is done, after the follow up appointment the dentist will recommended a permanent filling or a crown on the tooth.
Do I need to go back to follow up?
Your dentist will usually let you know when he/she wants to see you back for a follow up after root canal treatment.
*Brush twice a day, use fluoride toothpaste & floss to properly care for your root canal and final restoration.