WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL?
A root canal is a procedure to repair an infected or damaged tooth.
The tooth's insides are removed and then filled to prevent further infection.
WHY WOULD A TOOTH NEED A ROOT CANAL?
Here are some typical symptoms of an infected tooth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call your dentist immediately:
A swollen jaw for an unknown reason
PAIN WHILE BITING
Lingering pain after eating
Severe sensitivity to hot or cold
Cavity that extends into the nerve of your tooth
A typical root canal procedure will follow these steps:
PREP - The dentist will administer a local anesthetic, and isolate the tooth with a dental dam to keep the tooth dry during the procedure.
REMOVAL OF INFECTION - After the area is numb, your dentist will carefully remove the infection inside the tooth, and make room for the filling.
FILLING - After the infection is completely removed, the tooth will be filled to prevent future infection.
RESTORATION - A crown is placed on top of the root canal to protect the tooth from damage.
*If you are experience a life-threatening emergency call 911.