What is a root canal?
A root canal, also known as endodontic therapy, is necessary when the pulp, or nerve, inside the tooth, become infected, inflamed or irreversibly damaged. It is a treatment done to repair and attempt to save a tooth. Root canal treatment is initiated to remove the entire pulp and nerve throughout the root canal system. The goal is to clean and shape the canal system, then fill and seal the canals with a synthetic root canal filling called Gutta Percha. The tooth is then completed with a permanent restoration. Without proper treatment on an infected or decayed tooth, the tissue surrounding the tooth can become infected as well, causing an abscess. An abscess is commonly described as an area with painful swelling and sometimes filled with pus. If the pus is not drained, the infected area with become more swollen and more painful. An abscess will not go away on its own, so it is important not to ignore any symptoms and risk the infection spreading and causing serious health problems.
Thanks to our modern technology here at Oakwood Dental, it is rare to experience any pain during the procedure. For the first several days after treatment is completed, it is not uncommon for you to experience some sensitivity when biting. This sensitivity can typically be relieved easily with either a prescription or an over-the-counter medication. In most cases, the discomfort will subside within the first 24-48 hours. Dr. Jones and Dr. McQuigg are happy to discuss your options with you and feel that your comfort and oral health care of the utmost importance