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What are Root Canals?
A root canal is a restorative procedure that is done to remove the inner pulp from a tooth. When a tooth becomes severely decayed or damaged, the small pulp inside can become compromised. When this occurs, it is best to remove the pulp completely via a root canal. Root canals are one of the most commonly performed procedures in the dental field, and they’re crucial for when it comes to saving a tooth from complete extraction.
Why are Root Canals needed?
A root canal is often needed if you have a tooth that is severely decayed. You might have ignored a cavity for too long or there was decay that was found underneath a filling or crown. Another reason for needing a root canal is because a tooth has broken or fractured so severely that the pulp was left exposed. Most often, a tooth that needs a root canal will be incredibly painful and sensitive to both hot and cold.
Who is a candidate for Root Canals?
Dr. Seto can perform an exam to determine if you might need or will benefit from a root canal. If you need this procedure, it’s best to have it done as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the tooth. Root canals help to preserve the structure of the tooth so that it won’t have to be extracted. You can feel confident that we’ll perform the root canal in a comfortable and relaxed environment.
What happens during the Root Canal process?
Before the root canal is performed, we will numb the area with a local anesthetic. We then place a rubberized dental dam over the tooth to keep it isolated and to prevent saliva from going into the tooth once it’s opened. Dr. Seto then works to remove all of the decay from the tooth as well as the inner pulp. The canals of the teeth are cleaned carefully and filled with a medicated material. The tooth is closed with a typical tooth-colored filling and you’ll be ready to go about your day. The procedure takes about an hour in our office.
If you think you may need a root canal, we welcome you to call into our office and experience the difference in care with personalized treatment and low wait times.