A Caring Dental Group
Dentistry located in Cleveland, Ohio
It’s estimated that dentists perform over 15 million root canals annually in the United States. A Caring Dental Group’s skilled team offers this tooth-saving treatment at their Cleveland, Ohio, office. Root canals help treat teeth with infections to the pulp, the soft tissue at a tooth’s center. Without treatment, this internal infection can lead to severe decay or even tooth loss. To learn more about how a root canal works, schedule a consultation today by calling or using the online booking tool today.
Root Canals Q & A
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a tooth-saving treatment that alleviates pain caused by harm to the root of a tooth. You generally need a root canal when inflammation or infection affects the roots of a tooth, specifically the fleshy pulp inside of a tooth.
Root canal treatment involves removing the damaged pulp inside the tooth, cleaning the area, and restoring the tooth’s health and function. Without a root canal, infection or inflammation can spread, affect more soft tissue, and lead to eventual tooth loss.
How does a root canal work?
First, A Caring Dental Group administers a local anesthetic to numb the affected tooth and minimize discomfort during the procedure. A rubber sheet placed strategically around the tooth will help keep the tooth clean and dry.
Then, using a very small dental drill, A Caring Dental Group creates a hole on top of your tooth. Through this hole, they can access the pulp inside your tooth. With special dental instruments, they then remove the damaged pulp and any infected material that remains. With water and disinfectant material they clean the inner chamber of your tooth.
Lastly, they fill in the canal with a rubber-like material and seal the top of your tooth. The procedure is straightforward and you’ll be comfortable throughout.
What happens after a root canal?
After a root canal, A Caring Dental Group typically recommends getting a dental crown to provide extra protection for the affected tooth. A temporary crown will be placed right after the procedure.
You’ll come back to the office for a follow up within 1-2 weeks of the procedure to have a permanent crown placed. During this visit, a team member also reexamines your affected tooth to make sure no signs of infection remain.
Is a root canal painful?
No, a root canal actually relieves your pain. When A Caring Dental Group performs a root canal, they use light sedation to make the procedure very comfortable and hassle-free. After a root canal procedure, the pain and sensitivity you felt prior on account of your infected pulp will disappear.
To ask more questions or raise any concerns about a root canal, call the office or book a consultation online today.