What is a root canal?A tooth is made up of three distinct layers – enamel, dentin, and the pulp/root. The enamel acts as the protective outer coating that keeps your teeth safe while chewing and protects against harmful bacteria. The dentin sits below the enamel and makes up a good portion of the structure of the tooth. Dentin is hard, but it can’t withstand a lot of the things that enamel can. Finally, the inner core of a tooth is comprised of a fleshy material known as pulp, which houses the root of the tooth. When decay has worked its way through the enamel and the dentin, there is a good chance that the tooth will be lost. We prevent this with a root canal.
Root canal therapy seeks to remove all signs of decay from the tooth, as well as the root and the pulp from within the tooth in order to save it.
The ProcessWhen we perform a root canal, we start by drilling a hole at the top of the tooth to access the pulp within. We will then remove the pulp and the root from the tooth, along with all signs of decay. Once the tooth is hollow we will use a cleaning solution to ensure that no bacteria is left inside the tooth and then fill the tooth with an inert substance known as gutta-percha. Gutta-percha gives your tooth a solid inner structure to ensure its continued viability.
We finish the procedure the same way we finish most fillings, with composite dental resin. Composite resin is a material that we mix in our office out of glass, plastic, and resin to match the color of your teeth exactly. As we place this resin on your tooth it holds the form the we sculpt it into the same way putty or clay would. When we are through sculpting it to fit the contours of your tooth we will set it in place permanently using a special UV light.
Your Comfort Comes FirstAt Lake Pointe Dental, our primary concern is your safety and comfort. We understand that not everyone is thrilled about coming in to have a root canal, but we can assure you that your experience will be pleasant and painless. We offer a wide variety of anesthesia options and are happy to accommodate you in any way. You won’t feel a thing, we promise!
One of the more popular anesthetics for root canals is nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide replaces feelings of worry and nervousness with a warm, comfortable, contentedness.
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