A root canal is a treatment performed to save an infected or injured tooth from having to be extracted. Simply put, the procedure can relieve the pain and discomfort that’s associated with having a damaged tooth. Many people fear having a root canal, but knowing the ins and outs of the process may ease your anxiety.
There are several steps involved in having a root canal, and they are sometimes performed at multiple office visits. This procedure includes the following:
- X-Rays: Taking an X-ray of your decayed tooth can help your doctor determine if you need a root canal.
- Anesthesia: Your dentist will give you local anesthesia to numb your mouth.
- Pulpectomy: This step involves making an opening in the tooth and its roots to remove the diseased pulp (an area in the center of your tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue). After the pulp is removed, parts of the tooth are cleaned.
- Filling: The roots in your tooth are filled with a special material and sealed off with cement. A temporary filling material is placed in the tooth until you receive a permanent crown or filling. Usually, a post is inserted in the root to give the crown extra support.
- Long-Term Crown or Filling: Finally, you’ll receive a permanent crown or filling. Crowns are cemented into place.
If you think you might need a root canal, make an appointment with us. Some doctors at general dentistry practices can perform the procedure in office, while others may send you to an endodontist (a dentist who specializes in root canals).
Experts at Valley Family Dentistry PLLC in New York are a team of highly trained dentists who perform root canals, along with many other dental services. Servicing Fulton County, Hamilton County, Montgomery County, and Saratoga County, we provide comprehensive general and family dentistry, including tooth fillings, dental cleanings, tooth restorations, and crowns. Make an appointment today by calling (518) 661-6405. You can also learn more about the services we offer by visiting us online.