Why root canal treatment?
We understand that some patients have anxiety about root canal treatment, but we want to assure you that it will be comfortable for you. Treatment is,in fact, the most comfortable option because a tooth with an infection in the pulp chamber will never heal on its own. The unpleasant consequences of infection will worsen and become more painful with time, and may even spread throughout your body.
Because your comfort is important to us, we'll make sure your mouth is thoroughly numb before we begin. Next, we'll place a rubber dam around the infected tooth to isolate it from the rest of your mouth. The rubber dam keeps the tooth dry and accessible for us and prevents anything from falling to the back of your throat.
To get to the infected tooth pulp, we'll make an opening through the top of the crown down into the pulp chamber. In some cases, we may have to remove the entire crown in order to access the pulp chamber. We'll then use a tiny tool called a dental file to carefully remove the infected tissue and shape the root canals to receive a filling material.
At this point, we may take x-rays to be sure that all of the infected pulp is removed. We then fill the root canals with a restorative material. Finally, we'll fill the hole in your crown with a restorative material or, if we've removed the crown, we'll take steps to create a new crown.