Root Canal

A root canal may sound like a worrisome procedure, but thanks to the advancements in dental technology and techniques, a root canal is nothing to worry about. In fact, our aim when performing a root canal is to make it pain-free: during and after.The root canal procedure is not chosen haphazardly. This dental procedure is only necessary when infection has reached the root or roots of the tooth (hence the name “root canal”). At this point a dental filling or a dental crown will not suffice.

The Root Canal Procedure

Our dentist and dental team works hard to make sure our patients are always comfortable before any procedure. We make certain they are fully informed of the procedure and what to expect with each step of the process. As we mentioned before, our aim is a pain-free root canal, which is why we make certain the surgical area is completely numb. This makes the entire process much easier on the patient and the dentist. Once the area is prepped and ready, our dentist begins removing the infected root area and damaged portions of the tooth. Once the infection is removed in the root and the area has been cleaned and disinfected, a substance called gutta percha is placed to fill in the area. After this, the tooth is finally sealed with dental filling.

After a Root Canal Treatment

Since a root canal is an oral surgery procedure, there will be swelling where the procedure took place. This is normal. It is part of the healing process. The soreness may last a few days, but will eventually subside once your immune system has completed the healing process. Of course, post-treatment there will be one more step to completing the root canal. A covering called a dental crown will be placed over the restored tooth to ensure it is fully functional. This dental crown is typically prepared the day of the root canal procedure. It is custom designed to ensure it will fit your mouth perfectly.

The Importance of Saving Your Tooth

At Flash Dental, our primary goal with every patient is to help them retain and maintain their original teeth. This is a crucial part of overall oral health. A root canal is a very cost effective method to saving your tooth and the future of the rest of your teeth. Leaving a gap between teeth after a tooth extraction can lead to an assortment of dental problems, including bone loss and the shifting of teeth. If an extraction is necessary, we always discuss the ways to replace that tooth in order to keep your oral health in pristine shape. If you need a root canal, don’t wait any longer. Call our office or fill out our online form today and schedule your appointment at Flash Dental in The Heights.