While many dental patients have heard of a root canal, this treatment is often misunderstood. Here at Avenue Dental Care, we use this necessary treatment to repair damaged, diseased, and painful teeth. If fact, root canals have saved many patients from an unwanted tooth extraction.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

A root canal is prescribed when the nerve of a tooth has become infected or inflamed. The patient most often comes to us complaining of severe tooth pain. When the tooth nerve becomes diseased, only a root canal can save the tooth.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

If you are scheduled for a root canal, there is nothing to fear. This is a very common dental procedure that can be completed in as little as one visit, although some patients may require a few more appointments.

During your root canal, we will numb the tooth and surrounding area to ensure you are comfortable during the entire procedure. The tooth is then opened with a dental drill. All the infected pulp tissue is removed from the chambers, and the tooth is cleaned and sanitized to ensure there is no bacteria left behind. The chambers and roots are then filed with a material called gutta-percha. Finally, the tooth is sealed shut with a typical dental filling.

If a main chewing tooth is treated, we may recommend a crown be placed on top of the tooth. This simply reinforces the tooth, ensuring the tooth doesn’t crack later down the road.

What Happens After a Root Canal?

Once your root canal is healed, you will no longer feel any pain in the tooth! The treated tooth can then be cared for like the rest of your teeth. Here at Avenue Dental Care, we recommend brushing and flossing twice a day. Be sure to visit us annually for a checkup!