Root canals are performed to save a severely infected tooth. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, it may be the result of a buildup of bacteria or dead tissue inside the tooth.
Root canals have long had a reputation of being a dreadful procedure, but the dental professionals at Twin Lakes Dental Care make everything straightforward and as painless as possible. Your root canal will start with a local anesthetic, which will be administered through a needle and will most likely be the only pinch you’ll feel during the whole procedure. Your dentist will then make an incision and remove the problematic tissue or bacteria from your tooth.
Once that’s done, the rest of the procedure will be dedicated to cleaning and reshaping the remaining root, and then filling and sealing the empty space. A crown will be needed later on to permanently seal the opening.
The most common reasons for requiring a root canal are chipped or fractured teeth, or deep cavities. Your dentist may require a follow-up visit for X-rays. These X-rays will be used to make sure that there are no remaining signs of infection or decay. It’s imperative to practice proper brushing habits after your root canal. If maintained well, the tooth will last you the rest of your life.
Experiencing tooth pain? Contact our friendly staff at 615-257-0772 to schedule an appointment today with one of our dental professionals.