Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. During root canal treatment, your dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in treating the insides of teeth) removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.
If you continue to care for your teeth and gums, your restored tooth could last a lifetime. However, regular checkups are necessary; a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile.
Yost Family Dentistry is committed to maximizing your comfort, especially when dealing with inflammation or infection. For a procedure as sensitive as a root canal, it’s best to know and trust your dentist. Take comfort in knowing that we perform these procedures in-house.
Using 3D imaging technology (courtesy of Sirona), we can better visualize the interior of your infected tooth. The clarity and accuracy of this technology enables our team to quickly identify the root of the problem. Root canals are sensitive, but we can maximize your comfort through patient education and our caring touch.