The phrase “root canal” makes many patients grimace, but this restorative dentistry service makes it possible for our dentist to rescue severely decayed or damaged teeth from extraction. Even more importantly, root canal therapy relieves toothache pain. At Remmers Dental, our skilled team of expert dentists has years of experience providing painless, effective root canal therapy. Many of the root canal procedures we perform come to us as dental emergencies. If you’re experiencing severe toothache, don’t wait until your next visit. Contact our team right away to schedule an emergency visit. The sooner we begin treatment, the more likely we are to successfully restore patients’ oral health.
A root canal is the name given to any procedure performed to treat damage that has reached the inner layer of a tooth. Every tooth is made up of three layers: the hard-outer enamel layer, the supportive yellow-colored dentin, and the softer inner pulp. The entire nerve system of the tooth is housed within the pulp and connects to the rest of the body through the roots of the tooth. The nerves run through the root canal and into the gums providing blood flow and pain reception for the tooth. It’s no surprise that dental decay or damage that accesses the pulp layer of the tooth where the nerves are housed is extremely painful. When this happens, a root canal is necessary. Most root canals begin as a dental emergency call from patients experiencing some combination of these warning signs:
The root canal process is simple. We start by numbing the area around the tooth to be treated. Patients who experience dental anxiety and those who sensitive teeth, gums, or gag reflex may also want to consider dental sedation, during their root canal. Once patients are completely comfortable, the dentist drills a small access hole into the center of the tooth. Then, we use a series of progressively larger files to remove the damaged pulp and nerve tissue. Next, we refill the tooth with a biocompatible substance called gutta percha that replaces the lost pulp. In some cases, we’re able to simply reseal the access hole in the tooth with a composite resin filling, but it may be necessary to place a dental crown to protect the treated tooth and fully restore the form and function of patients’ tooth.
In the past, there was some debate within the dental field about the safety and effectiveness of root canal therapy in repairing damaged teeth. However, more recent research has shown that when completed by an experienced professional, root canals are completely safe and comfortable. The safety concern associated with root canals stemmed from several instances where dentists without adequate training or experience were unable to successfully complete the procedure. That’s why our team will partner with local endodontic specialists when necessary to ensure patients receive the safest and most effective treatment.