Root Canal Process
Root canal therapy is necessary when the nerve inside a tooth becomes inflamed or infected, causing you pain. There are many reasons this can happen, including deep decay, repeated dental procedures, a deep crack in the tooth, or even an injury that causes hidden damage.
To perform the needed root canal, we remove the infected nerve from inside the tooth and thoroughly clean the root canals of the tooth. Once we’re sure the infection is gone, we fill the canals with a medicated solution to kill any bacteria we can’t see and prevent new bacteria from taking root. Finally, we seal the canals to prevent reinfection. Once the root canals are cleaned, filled, and sealed, we recommend having a crown placed over the tooth to protect it from further fracture.
Signs You Might Need a Root CanalIn order to properly diagnose the problem you are having and determine whether you need a root canal, it is best to schedule an exam and X-ray appointment with Dr. Kawazoe. Call us if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Sudden, severe toothache
- Swollen or tender gums, especially in an isolated area
- Pain with chewing or pressure
- New tooth sensitivity
- Dark spots on a tooth
- Metallic or bad taste in mouth
Your Comfort During a Root Canal
We make sure you are comfortable throughout the entire process. Root canals have a bad reputation for being painful, but it’s really the pain from the infected tooth that’s causing the problem. All you should feel throughout the procedure is pressure, so if that isn’t the case or you feel like you need more local anesthesia, let us know immediately. We’ll also work at a pace that’s comfortable for you. Many patients who experience dental anxiety find taking breaks to be helpful, so tell us if you need a minute or two. Your comfort and your health are our priorities.