Everything You Need to Know About Root Canals

If you’ve been advised to consider a root canal to save your natural teeth, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Root canals can be performed by a general dentist or an endodontist. They are common, routine procedures that fit under the special dentistry area known as endodontics and are usually performed while the patient is under local anesthesia.

Inside your tooth, beneath the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin, is a soft tissue called pulp. Root canals involve the removal of the tooth’s pulp, which is comprised of blood vessels, nerves and lymph vessels that deliver nutrients to the tooth and help it grow. These treatments can restore your teeth to a comfortable state by removing the damaged tissue and replacing it with a substance that will help preserve the function of the tooth.

There are many reasons why you may need a root canal therapy, but the most common is advanced tooth decay. In this case, the root canal is often the only way to save your natural tooth. When a tooth begins to decay, the outer layer of tooth enamel is compromised and a cavity forms. If that process is not interrupted by early intervention, the decay will continue to develop, eventually impacting the nerve of the tooth.

Here’s what you can expect from a root canal:

First step - clean the area

First, your dentist in St. Jacobs will create an opening in your tooth and remove any remaining filling and areas affected by decay. Next, they will use tiny, flexible files to remove the tooth pulp.

Next step – fill the root canal

Once your root canals are free of pulp and the area has been filed and smoothed, your dentist may fill the canals with small, cone-shaped pieces of material. Next, they’ll use a type of sealer-cement to lock that material into place.

Last step – tooth restoration

The final step of your root canal therapy is restoring the tooth. Once treatment is complete on the tooth’s interior, it’s important to restore the outside to ensure the underlying structures of the tooth are protected and the tooth looks bright and healthy.

If you’d like to learn more about root canal therapy, call the team of experts at St. Jacobs Dental today. We’ll set up a consultation to assess the condition of your teeth and help determine whether root canal therapy is the right treatment plan for you.

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St. Jacobs Dental Care

10 Parkside Dr,
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