When patients are told that they need a root canal, they may be worried about what to expect with such a procedure. Root canal treatment, a type of endodontic therapy, is a way to maintain a natural tooth without having to remove and replace it. It is the last attempt to save a tooth and can be effective.
What is a root canal?
The root canal procedure is performed by an endodontist that first sedates and anesthetizes the patient for comfort. An access point is made in the tooth’s structure, which allows the dentist to get into the center area of the tooth to the dental pulp. The dental pulp is the tissues in the tooth. It includes the blood supply and nerves of the tooth to keep it alive. When the dental pulp is removed, it opens the canals and makes them easy to clean out and disinfect. After this has been done, the canals are filled, and the tooth sealed with resin. Since a tooth can become weak and brittle following this procedure, dentists will also place a dental crown over the tooth to resolve this issue and protect the remaining tooth structure.
Do I need a root canal?
Patients who may need root canal therapy include those dealing with:
- An abscess
- Infection of the dental pulp
- Trauma/injury to the tooth
- Deep cavities
Are root canals safe?
Absolutely! Our skilled dental professionals provide root canal therapy because it is both safe and effective. It ensures that patients can keep their natural tooth and avoid the hassle and expense of removal and replacement. When performed by an experienced dentist, patients can rest easy that the procedure is successful for them.
Learn more about endodontics with the team at Positive Image Dental
If you reside in Devonshire, Bermuda, our team is here for you! Contact Drs. Ian Campbell, Christopher Allington, and Lara Loescher of Positive Image Dental to book a consultation appointment. The office is located at ZBM Annex Fort Hill Road and can be reached by calling (441) 292-2312. We are here to help both new and existing patients in our practice.