A root canal is a procedure that removes infected and inflamed tissue from inside a tooth. During the procedure, the dentist removes the pulp from inside the tooth and fills the tooth with a rubbery material called gutta-percha. This helps stop the infection from progressing and prevents the tooth from having to be extracted. The affected tooth will be capped with a custom crown to restore its appearance and strength after the root canal procedure.
If you have a damaged or diseased tooth, our dentist at Dr Be Smiles will be able to determine if you need a root canal after examining it. X-rays may also be taken of your teeth for a more in-depth assessment. If you’re unsure if you need a root canal, our dentist can help you determine whether or not you would benefit from the procedure.
The Root Canal Procedure
The dentist will first numb the area around the affected tooth with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort during the procedure. The dentist will then create a small hole in the top of the tooth to access the pulp. Next, the dentist will carefully remove the infected or damaged pulp from inside the tooth using special tools.