Even though the idea of getting a root canal can be scary, it is a very common procedure and can save patients from many future dental problems. When a tooth hurts, you want immediate relief! Our state-of-the-art technology allows us to avoid and alleviate any pain that our patients are experiencing.
It’s possible that one may need a root canal if they have discolored or broken teeth, teeth that are sensitive to cold/heat, or severe pain when chewing or applying pressure to a tooth. Other symptoms may also be present.
If Dr. Gehring or Dr. Hermes determines a root canal is necessary, he will take an X-ray to see the shape of the root canals and to see if there are any signs of infection in the bone surrounding the area. He will then use local anesthesia to numb the area near and around the tooth. Next, in order to keep the area free of saliva during the treatment, your dentist will isolate the tooth. A hole will then be drilled into the tooth, where the pulp, decayed nerve tissue and other debris is removed from the tooth. This is all done with a series of root canal files which increase in diameter. They are subsequently placed into the access hole by the dentist, who then cleans and prepares the sides of the root canals. Finally, the tooth will be sealed for protection. In most cases, our dentists can perform a root canal procedure in one to two visits.
The American Dental Association recommend’s a crown after root canal treatment to help stop future infections and strengthen/stabilize the tooth. In most cases, the tooth should last a lifetime if it is cleaned on a regular basis.