A root canal is necessary when infection or decay extends to the base of a tooth, into the dentin or pulp. Most root canals are incredibly effective, and often the best way to save the tooth and avoid extraction. During a root canal, Dr. Angart will remove the damage or decay from your tooth, clean and sterilize the inside of the tooth, then he will fill the space and cover it with a crown.
A root canal is actually a fairly common procedure whereby bacteria and infection are removed from the innermost part of the tooth—the dentin and pulp.
This pulp is essential when the root of your tooth is growing but becomes unnecessary once your tooth is fully developed. For that reason, an adult tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it. That’s why dentists can remove the pulp if it becomes decayed or diseased—the primary purpose of a root canal.
Most root canals are incredibly effective, and often the best way to save the tooth and avoid extraction. During a root canal, Dr. Angart will remove the damage or decay from your tooth, clean and sterilize the inside of the tooth, then fill the space and cover it with a crown.
Wondering if you may need a root canal? They are typically a solution for a tooth that’s been cracked from injury, or has a deep cavity, or an old filling has deteriorated and allowed bacteria to re-enter the tooth. If you notice your teeth have become sensitive, particularly to hot and cold, that may be a sign that harmful bacteria are getting into the nerves of the jaw and must be removed. If this sounds like you, make sure to call and book an appointment as soon as you can.
If you do need a root canal, don’t worry about being out of commission for days on end. You will likely be numb for up to four hours following the procedure, but would be able to return to school or work immediately after. Dr. Angart may advise that you avoid eating until the numbness is completely gone, but otherwise, you will likely be able to carry on with your day.
The New Albany Dental Smiles team has extensive experience treating patients with root canal therapy and they will ensure you are comfortable throughout the process.