Root Canal Therapy
At The Elmwood Dental Group LLC, we are aware of the stigma of the dreaded root canal, patients think of the pain, the expense and the time in the chair, but it is necessary, and we can help with the pain. In actuality, the root canal process does not cause the pain, but it does expose the infection which can also expose the pain. We want to clear the infection, relieving the pain and the damage it is causing. Our staff can help you feel comfortable; if you are concerned to let us know, we have various conscious sedation options to help you feel at ease.
With our dedication to continuous study and training, our doctors proudly use the best, in modern-day advances in technology and instrumentation with all our procedures. The results of this work is demonstrated in our ability to provide timely, comfortable relief, even when performing a root canal, with minimal post-operative soreness!
The Root Canal Process
Each of your teeth has at least one root, the root contains a canal, which travels from the inner pulp area to the top of the tooth, down to the tip of each root. The root portion of the tooth is where the living nerves and blood vessels exist. When a tooth becomes infected, which can occur following damage from decay, fracture, or another impact injury, inflammation of the internal vessels may occur, and the nerve may be affected.
Damage often exposes the area of bacteria. Once bacteria reaches the inner pulp of the tooth you only have two options, allow the tooth to die requiring extraction and possibly exposing nearby teeth to infection, or, root canal therapy. Our staff at The Elmwood Dental Group LLC, will always recommend taking any possible steps toward keeping and restoring your natural teeth whenever possible. The removal of teeth, other than your third molars, will lead to other increasingly problematic oral health issues.
Bacteria that finds its way inside your teeth can travel down the canal(s) and into the supporting jaw bone, eventually leading to a dental abscess.
Root canal treatment involves the removal of bacteria to restore the health of the tooth. Once the patient is comfortable, we begin by opening the tooth to expose the canal. We then remove the inner portion of the tooth including the nerve, blood vessel, and source of infection. The nerves and blood vessels of the tooth are necessary when the tooth is being formed but is not vital to the function of the tooth once it is fully grown. The tooth is cleansed with an antibacterial wash and then filled with a medicated rubber known as gutta-percha. The tooth is then closed with a filling material, and for most patients, we add a protective cap to the tooth known as a dental crown. The crown will strengthen the tooth and extend the life of the tooth for years to come.
Working with our staff, we can help you restore your natural tooth and provide it the strength needed for normal use, and we will take steps to do it with very little discomfort.