A root canal is a procedure used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. During a root canal, the dentist at Frank N. Johnson, D.D.S., P.A, will remove the damaged portion of the tooth. The tooth is cleaned and sealed. A root canal is typically performed under local anesthesia, so patients will not experience significant discomfort during the procedure.
A dental crown is often placed over the treated tooth, which improves the appearance of the tooth and will restore its functionality.
Why Is a Root Canal Needed?
A root canal may be needed if a cavity or a crack in the tooth becomes infected. The infection can result in significant discomfort, which is why patients need a root canal. Bacteria enter the tooth through deep decay or a crack in the tooth. The bacteria then infect the tooth pulp, the soft tissue found in the center of a tooth. A root canal allows the dentist to remove the infected tissue, treat the root canal, and alleviate pain.
How Are Root Canals Performed?
Many root canals can be completed in one or two office visits. However, each individual is unique, so the length of the procedure will depend on several factors. We will use a local anesthetic during the process to eliminate discomfort. We will then remove the infected pulp and sterilize the area. Then, we will fill in any damaged areas and seal the tooth.
We may recommend treatment with a crown if the tooth’s structure is weakened. This will improve both function and appearance. We may also recommend a root canal if the tooth’s infection has spread to the surrounding teeth.
The Benefits of a Root Canal
Root canals are an often misunderstood treatment. While the procedure can be intimidating, it’s pretty simple. For starters, it will eliminate your toothache. Root canal procedures are also relatively quick and painless. They are a great alternative to tooth extraction because many patients lose more teeth than needed. During the process, your dentist will remove the infected tooth pulp, clean the area, and then seal the tooth. In most cases, the tooth will continue to function just like it always has.
A root canal is essential for removing all of the infection from the tooth and filling the tooth back up. To learn more about the advantages of root canal treatment, visit Frank N. Johnson, D.D.S., P.A. at 1244 SW Oakley Ave, Topeka, KS 66604, or call (785) 357-7706.