Teeth have three layers that make up the visible portion (crown) of a tooth. Enamel is an extremely strong material and forms the outer layer of our teeth. The middle layer is dentin, and the nerve (dental pulp) is in the center. The nerve consists of two parts: the pulp chamber and the root canal. Hence the term “root canal.”
First, we numb the tooth so you won’t feel any discomfort. Next, we create a tiny hole so we can access the inside of your tooth. We then remove the infected tissue inside the root canals.
Once the infection has been removed, we disinfect the canals and fill them with a sterile material to seal them. If the root canal is performed on a crown molar or premolar, we usually recommend that a crown is placed to protect and strengthen the tooth.
After all the bad publicity, it may be hard to believe, but root canals really don’t hurt. Once you’re numbed with a local anesthetic, you won’t feel anything. You may feel some soreness after the procedure, but it’s usually nothing that can’t be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication.
We know that root canals aren’t a cause for anxiety, but you may not feel the same way. Your comfort is a priority, and we can offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to put you at ease.