Root Canal An Overview
Root canals are a dental treatment designed to remove damaged or decayed tissue from the root canal of the tooth. Root canals are a routine dental treatment that can save a tooth from being extracted.
Tooth decay is progressive. When left untreated, the decay can spread into the canal of the root. Root canal infections can be extremely painful, often causing swelling and tenderness in the area. While a root canal infection can cause discomfort, the actual root canal treatment causes little discomfort and can actually relieve the pain and pressure caused by the infection.
A more conservative treatment option than a tooth extraction, root canals allow Dr. Myers to remove decayed tissue while preserving the integrity of the natural tooth structure.
Root Canal What to Expect
Root canals can typically be completed in just one visit to our Emerald Isle, NC dentist office. Using a local anesthetic, patients typically experience little to no discomfort during treatment.
A small hole will be made in the back of the infected tooth. A special tool scrapes the diseased tissue out of the inner tooth through the hole. The tooth is then thoroughly cleaned and prepared for a filling.
Dr. Myers then injects a biocompatible material to fill the cleaned tooth. This material is designed to help stabilize the structure of the tooth and to prevent further decay.
It common for patients who receive a root canal to be fitted with a dental crown. The crown will fit over the treated tooth and is designed to look and function like natural teeth. The dental crown is used to help secure the structure of the natural bite.