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 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.
There are three primary structures in a tooth:
Root Canal Treatment
Dr. Rogers will carefully clean and shape the inside of the canal areas, and then fill and seal 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.