What is a root canal?
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
Don’t Suffer From Tooth Pain Any Longer!
Pain in your tooth or gums may be a symptom of infected pulp. Drs. Fay or Moeller can perform a Root Canal to treat the infected pulp, relieve pain, and save your natural teeth!
How is a root canal performed?
If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend a root canal treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. Drs. Fay and Moeller will on occasion need to refer you to one of our local Endodontists (root canal specialist) for treatment.
What happens after root canal treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent back to our office (if referred to specialist). You should contact us for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at the specialists office. Drs. Fay and Moeller will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth.