Root canals are needed when the pulp (the blood and nerve supply) of your tooth has been exposed to bacteria. This can happen for many different reasons, but most commonly, it is due to a fracture or a very large cavity.
We completely understand the apprehension many people feel about having a root canal. But advances in dentistry and our approach to certain procedures have made root canals efficient and stress-free. At Cottonwood Dental Associates, our team respects your concerns and will go out of our way to make sure your treatment is completely comfortable.
Your tooth consists of a hard outer layer of dental enamel, a layer beneath it called dentin, and soft tissue under the dentin called pulp. The pulp in your tooth contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue – everything it needs to stay strong and healthy.
If the pulp becomes infected, we’ll need to perform a root canal. A tooth may become infected as a result of severe decay, periodontal disease, a crack or chip in the tooth, or a crown that fails.
The decision to have a root canal will be made by one of our doctors after a thorough evaluation. The process involves gently clearing away any damaged tissue, then carefully cleansing and sealing the tooth.
We may recommend a simple filling to protect your tooth after a root canal, but in most cases, a dental crown will be needed to provide the ultimate in strength and protection for a compromised tooth.
A root canal refers to the process of removing the pulp, cleaning out the bacteria, shaping the canals of your tooth, and filling them with a material that won’t allow the bacteria back in.
We are trained with the latest technology and procedures in performing root canals - also referred to as endodontics. Our experienced team of doctors has performed hundreds of root canals over the years. This skill and expertise allows us to perform this common procedure in a very comfortable manner.
No matter how anxious you are about a root canal, putting off treatment can result in some serious health problems. A dental abscess won't go away without treatment. The infection can spread to your jaw, head, and neck, and you even risk developing sepsis, a life-threatening infection that spreads throughout your body.
If you are experiencing sensitivity to hot or cold, pain when chewing, or pain caused by pressure, or if you have what seems like a pimple in your mouth, please give us a call as quickly as possible. Chances are we can get you in the same day to provide you with relief.