Simply saying the words “root canal” is enough to strike fear into the hearts of many patients—but rest assured, the days of exhaustingly long, painful root canal procedures are over. At Carter Sledge Family Dentistry, our skilled doctors and compassion for each patient ensures that your experience is as positive as possible.
It is the process of removing the inflamed or infected pulp, or nerve, of a tooth. The root canals are then shaped and cleaned with special instruments, and the canals are filled with a biocompatible material called gutta percha.
Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. This inflammation can have a variety of causes: deep decay, multiple dental procedures on the tooth, trauma, or chips or cracks on the tooth.
Signs of pulpal damage include prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, spontaneous pain, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling of the nearby gums or facial tissues. Sometimes a pulp can be infected with no symptoms at all—one more reason why twice yearly dental checkups are essential to your health.