Root Canals

What are Root Canals?

A root canal involves fully removing the inner pulp of one or more of your teeth.

If the pulp has become compromised by decay or has been exposed, we may suggest having it removed. The procedure is done easily and quickly in our office. Root canals are critical to eliminating any pain and sensitivity that you may be experiencing.

illustration of a root canal, inside view of a tooth and nerves

Why are Root Canals needed?

One of the most common reasons for needing a root canal is because a cavity has been ignored. The decay will eventually make its way to the center of the tooth, affecting the pulp. Another reason for needing a root canal is because a tooth has broken or cracked, exposing the sensitive inner pulp. If you’ve had an infection or abscess, we may suggest having a root canal done, since the pulp may have become infected.

Who is a good candidate for Root Canals?

Root canals are simple, effective procedures that are done on patients of all ages. We will perform an examination and take x-rays to determine if and when you may need a root canal. If you require a root canal, we will suggest having it done as soon as possible to prevent problems with severe pain and infection. Many people who need a root canal will find that the infected tooth is sensitive to hot and cold liquids as well as being painful.

What happens during a Root Canal?

illustration of a root canal procedure at our dentistry in Alvarado, TX

We administer a local anesthetic to numb the area.

We then place a rubber dam over the tooth to keep it isolated from the rest of your mouth. The decay is removed from the tooth, allowing us to get down deep to the pulp. The pulp is then removed thoroughly and we will clean the canals of the teeth. Once this is done, the canals are filled with a special medicated material before the hole is filled with composite resin. Most root canals take about an hour in the office.

If you think you might need a root canal, call our office today and we will be happy to further assist you.