It’s estimated that more than 15 million root canal treatments are performed in the United States each year, making it one of the most common dental procedures. The skilled dentists at Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Alexandria and Noblesville, Indiana, regularly perform root canals to save teeth with infections inside their roots. The practice makes root canal treatment simple and comfortable. To learn more about this procedure and talk about your concerns, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.
A root canal is a tooth-saving treatment that eliminates the pain caused by harm to the root of a tooth. You generally need a root canal when inflammation or infection affects the roots of a tooth, specifically the fleshy pulp inside the tooth.
Root canal treatment involves removing the damaged pulp from inside the tooth, cleaning the area, and restoring the tooth’s health and function. Without a root canal, infection or inflammation can spread, affecting more soft tissue and leading to eventual tooth loss.
First, your Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry team member will administer a local anesthetic to numb the affected tooth and minimize discomfort during the procedure. A rubber sheet placed strategically around the tooth will help keep the tooth clean and dry.
Then, using a very small dental drill, your dentist creates a hole on top of your tooth. Through this hole, they access the pulp inside your tooth. With special dental instruments, they then remove the damaged pulp and any infected material that remains. They then clean the interior of your tooth with water and a disinfectant.
They finish up by filling in the canal with a rubberlike material and seal the top of your tooth. The procedure is straightforward and you’ll be comfortable throughout.
After a root canal, the team at Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry typically recommends getting a dental crown to provide extra protection for the affected tooth. A temporary crown will be placed right after the procedure.
You’ll come back to the office for a follow up in 1-2 weeks to have a permanent crown placed. During this visit, a team member also reexamines your affected tooth to make sure no signs of infection remain.
No, a root canal actually relieves your pain. When the team at Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry performs a root canal, they use light sedation to make the procedure very comfortable. After a root canal procedure, the pain and sensitivity you felt due to the infected pulp will disappear.
To ask more questions or raise any concerns you might have about a root canal, call the office or book a consultation online today.