If you have a severely decayed, infected, or damaged tooth, it is possible that you may need a root canal procedure to remedy the issue. With the innovative technology and skilled professionals at M&M Family Dentistry, we can perform these necessary procedures to give you long-term relief with little to no pain.
A root canal is used as a last resort treatment to salvage a tooth when its innermost layer has been affected by inflammation, infection, or damage. Within your tooth, there is a substance known as “pulp.” This soft tissue connects the outer layer of your tooth (or enamel) all the way to the root. Because your adult teeth do not need the pulp to sustain, there are times when the best option is to remove infected pulp entirely in order to salvage the tooth.
When having a root canal procedure, here are a few steps you can expect to take:
Many people experience immediate pain relief after the root canal procedure, as the source of the infection has been removed. When the procedure is complete, we will provide you with instructions to ensure your tooth is allowed to heal properly—this basically includes a thorough dental hygiene routine, avoiding use of the tooth, regular check-ups, and over-the-counter pain medication if needed. Once the tooth has healed, you can expect the results of your surgery to last a lifetime!