Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and that’s why Cornerstone Family Dentistry does everything possible to save your teeth from needing to be extracted. If an injury or a large cavity damages the tooth’s nerve, the nerve will become infected or inflamed. For conditions like this, Dr. Wilson might recommend a root canal. Root canals are common procedures that can help save your tooth from extraction. The Cornerstone Family Dentistry team has over 30 years of experience providing root canals for patients, and will make sure you’re comfortable before, during, and after the root canal procedure.
FAQs About Root Canals
If your tooth nerve has become inflamed or infected, Dr. Wilson will likely recommend a root canal, also known as endodontic treatment. There are several reasons a tooth nerve can become inflamed or infected, such as deep tooth decay, trauma to the tooth, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, defective crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. There may or may not be pain associated with the tooth that is in need of a root canal. Sometimes seemingly healthy teeth can even need a root canal. This is why it is best to always be examined and diagnosed by a professional dentist. It is important to know that if nerve and blood tissue in the tooth have become inflamed, or infection is not treated in a timely manner, it can cause more pain or lead to an abscess.
During the root canal procedure, your inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of your tooth is cleaned and disinfected. To prevent your canals from becoming re-infected with bacteria, the canals are filled and sealed with a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha. Lastly, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. Once restored, your tooth will continue to work like any other tooth. While the process of receiving a root canal may sound frightening and painful, please know that this isn’t the case. Dr. Wilson and the team and Cornerstone Family Dentistry will ensure your safety and comfort throughout the entire procedure.