What Is a Root Canal?
Each tooth contains a soft tissue called pulp that consists of blood vessels, nerves, and other tissue. Sometimes this pulp becomes inflamed or infected, in which case a root canal procedure is necessary to save the tooth.
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed each year. It consists of removing the infected pulp and filling the gap left behind. A crown is then placed over the tooth to seal the area.
This procedure is a great way to save a damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it and replacing it with implants or bridges. It’s also more cost-effective than those procedures.
Root Canal Procedure
- Either nitrous oxide or local anesthesia will be administered to ease discomfort during the procedure.
- Your dentist will make a small hole in the crown of the infected tooth. Through this hole, the infected pulp is removed and space is made for the filling, which is usually a putty-like substance that won’t irritate the area.
- The area is then thoroughly cleaned and filled with a combination of the putty and cement, which completely seals the tooth.
- A temporary filling is placed to keep the opening closed. You will need to make a second appointment to have the gap closed permanently, usually with a crown or other permanent covering.
After Your Procedure
Patients are typically able to drive themselves home after their procedure. Complications are rare, as 90% of treatments are completely successful. If complications do arise during your recovery, please contact our office immediately at 770-475-6136. Our staff is available at all times to assist you.