Make no mistake – root canals are nothing to be feared. The discomfort and stigma associated with root canal therapy is a thing of the past. In fact, root canals are incredibly helpful! That's because they can save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted and replaced. And saving your natural teeth is always the best option. Thanks to modern dental technology, your root canal can be completed by in just one visit by our friendly, experienced doctors. And once the treatment is complete, you'll be relieved from the pain that caused you to need a root canal in the first place.
The proper dental terminology for a "root canal" is root canal therapy or endodontic therapy. This procedure is required when the small amount of tissue in the middle of a tooth becomes infected. The infection is typically caused by tooth decay. The phrase root canal actually refers to the tiny space, or canal, that houses this soft tissue in the root of a tooth. In most cases root canal therapy only requires local anesthesia (normal dental numbing), however, our office can provide nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation. During the procedure, the soft tissue inside the tooth is removed and the entire space is disinfected. The space is then filled and sealed with a material to prevent reinfection.
Root canal therapy has an extremely high success rate, but there are some instances that the root canal therapy must be treated again. This procedure is very similar to first-time root canal therapy. It involves removing the material filling the root canal space where the soft tissue once resided. The space is then disinfected and filled with material just as it was during the first root canal therapy.