Root Canal Therapy
Your teeth contain several layers: the outer protective enamel, a secondary layer of sensitive dentin, and an inner pulp that contains components commonly referred to as the “nerve” of the tooth. Each pulp chamber branches off, forming a canal or canals that lead toward the tip of the tooth root. These canals within the root provide a means for the tooth to absorb what it needs from the blood and get rid of toxins or other unnecessary materials via the blood stream. A deep cavity, traumatic injury, or tooth fracture can make the canal susceptible to bacterial infection, which can kill the pulp, stimulate increased blood flow, and create pressure within the tooth. This can cause severe tooth pain and may initiate bone degeneration, possibly resulting in loss of the tooth. If you see us in the earliest stages of this condition, the tooth can usually be saved with root canal therapy.
Will root canal therapy hurt? Not with today’s advanced medications and technology. Oftentimes, root canal therapy can be completed in a single appointment. We simply clean out the diseased canal or canals, fill them with a special filling material to seal from further infection, and you’re on your way. While some patients experience post-procedural soreness or slight tissue inflammation, these are usually easily managed with over-the-counter analgesics or prescription medications is needed. Follow-up care involves thorough home hygiene and regular dental visits for cleanings and check ups.