In very simple terms, a root canal removes infected tissue from the roots of the tooth beneath the gums. This is done to:
- Save the part of the tooth above the gums
- Minimize the risk of further damage
- Prevent loss of the tooth entirely, requiring more extensive and expensive treatment.
What’s the Procedure?
Depending on the severity of the infection, the doctor may prescribe an antibiotic for the infection prior to performing the actual procedure.
The root canal procedure then begins with the administration of a local anesthetic. Next, the doctor removes the damaged or infected nerve tissue and fills the infected root with an antibiotic to treat any remaining infection. The tooth root is then packed with filling material. Finally, the tooth is capped with a crown to protect it, because of weakness and instability resulting from damage caused by the infection.
The entire process typically takes place over several visits.
Experiencing Pain or Need More Information?
If you are feeling moderate to severe tooth pain and notice swelling of your gums beneath the affected tooth, please call us right away and we’ll schedule an immediate appointment to get you out of pain fast.
Delay is dangerous in this case because the infection will continue to cause additional damage that could lead to tooth loss and the need for more serious and expensive treatment.
At BYFORD SMILES, we are skilled in pain-free root canal therapy, so there is no need to put off treatment. We are here to help you get out of pain fast!