Root Canal An Overview
Dr. O’Malley may recommend a root canal procedure to save your natural tooth if there is significant infection or damage. The many advances in technique and materials allow today’s patients to experience minimal discomfort during their procedure and lasting results that will support the structure and health of their smile for many years. A root canal helps a patient avoid the complexity of tooth extraction and replacement.
What Is A Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure whereby the pulp of the tooth is removed from the interior chambers when infection is present. The area is cleaned, disinfected and filled with a biocompatible material that will stabilize the tooth roots.
Root Canal What to Expect
Most patients are comfortable during their root canal procedure with the use of a local anesthetic. Dr. O’Malley also offers dental sedation options for anyone who experiences dental anxiety and will discuss your needs prior to the scheduled appointment. In most cases, the tooth pain and general discomfort you may be feeling are relieved once the infection is removed.
Once you are numb and feeling comfortable, a tiny hole is made in the back of the affected tooth for the removal of the infection. The interior chamber of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned before being filled with a rubbery material. A dental filling compound may be placed to seal the tooth and a subsequent dental crown is often recommended to strengthen the tooth. This may be placed during a second visit.