Dental Root Canals
About Dental Root Canals
A root canal is a type of endodontic treatment. Endodontic treatments are used when dealing with a condition inside the tooth. A root canal is a recommended procedure when there is an infection inside the tooth, normally in the pulp.
Tooth anatomy 101
The pulp of your tooth is located underneath your white enamel, in the middle of a hard layer called dentin that makes up most of the rest of your tooth. The pulp is made up of soft tissue that is filled with blood vessels and nerves; and is connected to the roots of your tooth.
What causes pulp infections
Pulp can become infected because of an untreated cavity or severe trauma to the tooth, which has caused it to fracture and decay to set in. If the infection is at a stage that the dentist has to remove the tooth, the patient will undergo a root canal.
Signs you may have an infection and need a root canal include severe toothache, prolonged sensitivity, tooth discoloration (this is the infection showing through your enamel), swelling and pimples on the gums.
A local anaesthetic will be used to numb the tooth. The dentist will then use a small drill to make an opening in the top of the tooth and clean up and remove the diseased pulp. Once the chamber is clean and dry, it will be filled with a rubber-like temporary filling. After a few weeks, a permanent crown will be placed on top of the tooth to complete the restoration. At 3rd South Dental you can be rest assured you are in the best hands for this procedure. Our dentists understand a patient’s anxiety towards this treatment and will do everything possible to make sure the patient is comfortable.