A root canal involves removing an infection in your tooth pulp.
Your tooth is made up of several layers. There is a hard, outer layer of white tissue called your enamel. Underneath it, there is another layer of hard tissue called dentin. Under your dentin, there is a hollow area filled with soft tissue called pulp.
Your pulp houses nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. If your pulp gets infected, you need a root canal to clean it and heal your tooth.
A root canal can preserve your natural bite and help you avoid tooth loss.
A root canal might be necessary if your tooth is:
The Forrest Dental team offers several sedation options to keep you comfortable and pain-free.
After you receive your method of sedation, your dentist first makes a small hole in your tooth to reach the inner chamber. Using dental tools, your provider removes your infected pulp and sections of your nerve. They then thoroughly clean, shape, and rinse the walls of your tooth, removing any additional debris.
The final step includes filling the empty, cleaned chamber with a special material to protect the tooth’s root. Your procedure might include receiving a permanent filling or adding a permanent crown on top of the filling to cover and protect the entire tooth.
Advancements in dental technology have made root canals safe, painless, and effective. In most cases, the infection in your tooth far outweighs the pain of a root canal procedure that gives you relief.
During your consultation, talk to your provider about your sedation options to ensure that you don’t feel any pain.
After your procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort that you can manage with over-the-counter pain relievers.
If you have a damaged tooth that causes pain, schedule an evaluation at Forrest Dental to find out if a root canal can help. Call the office or use the online booking tool today.