Root Canals 101: The Basics


Root Canals 101: The Basics

The prospect of undergoing a root canal in Lincoln Square can be a little scary, especially if you’ve never had to undergo one in the past. If you’re getting ready for your first root canal, we recommend brushing up on the details of the procedure. By understanding what root canals entail, you can set your mind at ease.

What Exactly is a Root Canal?

A form of endodontic treatment, a root canal is a process in which decayed pulp is removed from a tooth and replaced with an inert material. Performed on decaying or broken teeth, it can help restore a tooth to optimal health.

After an administration of a local anesthetic (to numb the affected area) has been done, your dentist will cut through the crown of your tooth in order to get to the pulp. This pulp will be cleaned out, hollowing the inside of the tooth.

From there, a substance known as gutta-percha will be inserted into the tooth, replacing the pulp that was cleaned out. A temporary seal will then be put over the tooth, holding the gutta-percha in place.

A few days later, you will return to finish your root canal. At this session, your dentist will place a crown on your tooth, returning it to a comfortable state and allowing for normal chewing functions.

Indications That You Need a Root Canal

If you are in pain from a broken tooth, or think you have pain from a large cavity, call Dental Innovations immediately to be evaluated. We will get you in for an appointment right away. Our office will refer you to a specialist we trust. Our goal is to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Once the procedure is complete, you will glad you did it!

Contact us today to schedule an appointment!