Same Day Root Canals
What is a root canal?
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
How is a root canal performed?
If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases.
What happens after treatment?
Following the completion of your Root Canal Therapy, we will begin the restoration process. After a tooth has had Root Canal Therapy, it will become more brittle and prone to fracture. To help minimize the possibility of a fracture, a custom post and core is fabricated and placed inside the canals of the tooth. The next step is to place a full coverage crown. A post, core, and crown will provide protection for the tooth and may increase its longevity. Without completing this restorative process, it is likely that the tooth will eventually be lost.