What is a root canal?
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed at Smile Builders®
. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90 percent of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or long term prognosis of your tooth is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment.
At Smile Builders® we use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we can provide conscious sedation with our Anesthesiologist if indicated. You will be able to drive or flight home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.