ROOT CANALS (Endodontic Procedures)

When a tooth's nerve chamber (the pulp) becomes infected due to decay, a fracture or an accident, the only way to save the tooth is with a procedure called a root canal. The illustration below shows the pulp, which is inside the tooth. If the pulp is diseased or injured, the pulp tissue dies. 

If you have symptoms of sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling of the gum tissue, or discoloration to a tooth due to an accident, you may need a root canal.

tooth anatomyTooth Anatomy

There are three primary structures in a tooth:

  • The extremely hard outer covering is the enamel.
  • The underlying layer is the dentin.
  • The soft tissue containing the blood supply
    and nerve is the pulp.

Treatment

Dr. Rogers will carefully clean and shape the inside of the canal areas, and then fills and seals the canal space with a permanent material.

Post-Operative Care After Your Root Canal

The treated tooth may be sensitive for the first few days. This is completely normal. You may be given an antibiotic, depending on the degree of infection, and asked to take pain medications for the first several days.

Please do not chew or bite on the treated tooth with anything hard (hard candy, nuts, ice, etc.) until the tooth has been fully restored with a permanent crown.

If you continue to experience unusual discomfort in the treated area after 7-10 days, please call our office.