Root CanalsAn Overview
Root canals are used to remove diseased tooth pulp from an infected tooth. Root canals are a conservative alternative to extracting a severely decayed tooth and help to maintain the natural function and stability of your smile. In most cases, Dr. Adams can perform a root canal in the comfort of our dental office using a local anesthetic.
When a cavity begins to develop it wears away the protective enamel layer on the tooth. Once compromised, disease-causing bacteria can then enter the inner pulp of the tooth. The pulp can become inflamed and cause sudden or sharp tooth pain.
The root canal procedure is designed to remove the damaged tissue and restore the stability of the tooth. Root canal treatment can relieve painful symptoms from infection and decay, alleviating the need for extraction and the complexity of tooth replacement.
Root Canals What to Expect
The root canal procedure is a routine dental treatment that has benefited from advances in both technique and materials for less discomfort. Dr. Adams will numb the area with a local anesthetic and then begin the procedure. For patients with dental anxiety, Dr. Adams may discuss sedation options prior to treatment.
A small hole is made in the back of the tooth. A special instrument called an endodontic file is inserted through the hole. Dr. Adams removes all diseased or damaged tissue from the inside of the tooth and thoroughly cleans the area.
Next, a material called gutta-percha is injected into the cleared-out tooth structure. Gutta-percha helps to stabilize the tooth and seals out bacteria.
Most patients will receive a dental crown after their root canal treatment. A dental crown is a highly durable dental restoration that is custom-designed to match your existing smile. The dental crown will be permanently bonded to the tooth for long-term support.