Root Canals

When Are Root Canals Performed?

Root canals are performed to repair or save teeth that are extremely decayed or infected.  When a cavity is neglected for long enough to reach the pulp of the tooth, a root canal will most likely be recommended by your dentist. Sometimes, teeth may also need root canals when they experience impact or trauma that damages the nerve irreparably. (Regular cleanings and checkups prevent and detect problems early) The pulp is not self-healing, and needs to be corrected once it’s infected or patients run the risk of having the infection spread to the bone.

A Typical Root Canal Process

A standard root canal often needs more than one visit to a dentist’s office and can be performed by either a dentist or a dental specialist called an endodontist. Endodontists specialize in treating infections or problems in the pulp or nerve of the tooth.  During the initial visit, an x-ray is taken of the patient’s mouth to give our dentist a clear picture of the extent of damage or infection. The tooth is secured with a dam, the patient receives anesthesia, and a hole is drilled in the tooth. Debris, pulp, and nerves are removed, the canals are disinfected, and the inner part of the tooth is cleaned.  Then, the canals are filled in to prevent additional infections.

A tooth’s structure includes what is called a pulp chamber, which is the soft part embedded in the tooth. This part of the tooth can be sensitive, as it also contains the nerves of the teeth. However, once a tooth has erupted from the gums this part is no longer essential and can safely be removed.

Possible Risks of the Procedure

A tooth can fall apart once its interior has been damaged, and the inner part of the tooth can also be a breeding ground for bacteria. Abscesses are holes that form inside a tooth, and can be caused by an infected pulp that has spread beyond the tooth’s root.  It occurs after an infection spreads beyond a tooth’s roots. Root canals can also potentially cause bone loss, drainage complications, or swelling of the face, neck and head.

Why Choose Us?

At Mason Dental Center we use state of the art technology and only employ the highest accredited dental professionals to assure your comfort and safety.  We promise all our patients top cosmetic and functional treatments, employing excellence and friendliness throughout the process.

To find out more about root canals, contact Mason Dental Center. Our staff will be thrilled to schedule you a consultation or appointment.