Root canal therapy is a treatment used to restore an infected tooth, and preserve the remaining healthy enamel. A root canal may be required if a tooth is seriously decayed and the interior pulp has been exposed to oral bacteria, or if it has been cracked due to an oral injury.
A root canal is a procedure by which the infected tooth pulp is removed, the interior of your tooth is cleaned, and the pulp is replaced with an inert material. This allows the tooth to be saved, and provides you with relief from pain and discomfort.
The pulp in the interior of your tooth is filled with tiny blood vessels and nerves. If it becomes infected, the tissue will decay and die. This can cause excruciating pain and discomfort, and will eventually result in tooth loss, if left untreated. Root canal therapy will not only relieve your pain, but save your tooth from further damage and total loss.
Contrary to popular belief, the root canal procedure is minimally-invasive, and you will experience little-to-no discomfort. The process of having a root canal at Willow Creek Smiles is quite similar to having a filling placed.
First, Dr. Tom Nguyen will clean and numb the area which will be treated, and place a dental dam around the tooth, to isolate it from the surrounding areas. He will then use specialized dental tools to scrape away and remove the infected pulp and tissue in your tooth.
Once this process has been completed, your tooth will be cleaned and disinfected once more, and then an inert, rubber-like material called “gutta percha” is used to replace your pulp, and support the structure of the tooth. Finally, your tooth will be sealed with a temporary filling or dental crown, and you’ll have a permanent crown placed once it has healed.
The cost of a root canal can vary quite a bit based on which tooth is being treated, and the extent of the infection or tooth damage. We offer resources for patients, whether or not you have dental insurance, and our friendly team will work with you to discuss your needs and your budget. Call us today to learn more!