Root canal therapy (endodontic treatment) can relieve pain and save an infected tooth from extraction. Following the root canal procedure, the tooth is capped with a dental crown. Harrison Dental Group can typically complete a root canal in just one visit for most patients.View transcript
Root canals are necessary when either a tooth is extremely painful and inflamed, or perhaps the tooth has had the nerve die, essentially, and become abscessed. A root canal is a procedure where we make a small hole in the top of the tooth and we remove the nerve from the tooth and the blood supply and we clean out the nerve canal space, which is like a channel that goes through the tooth. After using different instruments and a lot of irrigants and medications in the tooth, then we place a biocompatible filling in within the root of the tooth. This allows you to save your tooth, where you otherwise probably would have needed to have a tooth extraction. By doing the root canal, we can save your tooth. Then after having a root canal, most of the time we'll need to put a crown or a cap on top of the tooth to protect it. If you need to have a root canal, it's nothing to worry about. It's something that we can do and usually in one appointment for most patients. And after that, most patients are feeling 100% better and no longer having that pain that brought them in.