What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is defined as a procedure to replace infected pulp in a root canal with an inert material. This means that your tooth has decayed or become infected and that the root of your tooth and the pulp, or the soft center of your teeth, need to be removed. If not, an abscess, or an area filled with pus, can form in the area. So, what happens now? Below we're going to walk you through a root canal and what to do if you need one.
 
1. How Can I Tell If I Need a Root Canal?
 
If you're experiencing any tooth discomfort, make an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist will be able to take x-rays and examine your mouth to see if the problem is in fact a tooth that needs a root canal. If so, they will schedule and perform the procedure as needed. 
 
2. How Is a Root Canal Performed?
 
Most dentists will begin the procedure by using a general anesthesia. Although the tooth's nerve is dead and no longer transmits any sensation to the brain, many patients feel more relaxed about the procedure if a general anesthetic is used. 
 
Your dentist will also place a rubber tube in your mouth to help suction away saliva, water and any other material away from the area in which they are performing the root canal. This helps keep the area clean.
 
Your dentist will use a specialized tool called root canal files, to scrape away the dead nerve, infected pulp and other debris located in the root canals.  
 
Once cleaned out, your dentist may place a temporary sealant on the tooth to allow further time for healing, or they may choose to fill the root canal with a compound and seal it at the time of the initial appointment.
 
3. Now What?
 
It’s crucial to have regular follow up with your dentist to help prevent and treat any further issues with your teeth. Continuing regular dental hygiene, such as brushing, flossing and using mouthwash will help keep your teeth health and strong. Feel free to contact our dentist office in Miramar, FL with any questions regarding root canals and to make an appointment with your dentist if you're having any issues with your teeth.