About Root Canals
Once the bacteria or decay has reach the nerve, it is too late to fill the tooth. Bacteria has now invaded the living part of the tooth (the part that has blood supply). There, bacteria has all of the food source and protection it needs to stay inside the tooth. The only way to remove bacteria is to either remove the tooth or to remove the tissue inside the tooth.
During a root canal procedure, the dead or dying tissue inside the tooth’s root is removed and a sealer and biologically friendly material is placed inside the root. This seals and protects the remaining tooth from any new future bacterial invasion. Teeth that have had root canal treatment are more brittle than untreated teeth. Without the blood supply, they can become dry and more easily prone to fracture. This is why many teeth that have been treated with a root canal have a crown placed to cover and protect them.
Pain often accompanies decay into the nerve. Sometimes that pain is tremendous. A root canal procedure can instantly relieve you of considerable pain.
Root Canals at Heck Family Dentistry
At our office, a root canal treatment is completed in one visit, unless the issue has gone untreated for an extended period of time and calcification occurs. In that case, it may be necessary for us to refer you to a root canal specialist. In all other cases, our doctors use high-resolution cameras and top-of-the-line special rotary nickel-titanium instruments to complete this procedure efficiently and painlessly.