What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
Patients typically need a root canal when there is inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth. During root canal treatment, our dentist carefully removes the pulp inside the tooth, cleans, disinfects and shapes the root canals, and places a filling to seal the space.
Root canals may be necessary for:
- Deep decay
- Repeated dental procedures on the tooth
- Faulty crown
- Crack or chip in the tooth
- Injury to tooth
Does a root canal hurt?
When people are told that they need a root canal treatment, they usually think about pain. However, the pain you feel is caused by an infection in the tooth, not by the root canal treatment. A root canal is done to eliminate the pain. The root canal procedure itself is painless but may feel painful depending on the level of infection. A local anesthetic numbs the tooth and the surrounding area. If you are afraid to have a root canal and are anxious about having dental work done, Walnut Ranch can provide calming medicines, such as nitrous oxide, IV therapy or oral sedation.