When significant damage occurs to the soft tissue inside of your tooth, known as the dental pulp, you may need a specialized kind of procedure called a root canal.
Our staff is highly trained in endodontics, the branch of dentistry that specializes in handling disease and injury of dental pulp to ensure you keep your teeth for years to come.
Unfortunately, when cavities (decaying parts of your teeth) are left untreated or when more severe damage to the tooth isn’t fixed, damage to the core of your tooth can result. A root canal is a specialized procedure in which the pulp is removed from the center of your tooth, the canal is reshaped and then replaced with a fortifying filler to help restore your tooth’s strength and longevity. No teeth pulling needed.
After you’ve met with our Desert Sky Dental Summerlin Endodontics team and determined that a root canal is the best course of action to preserve your tooth, our office will schedule the procedure with you.
When you come in for your root canal, our specialists will use a local anesthetic to numb the surrounding tissue. Once numbed, a dental dam will be placed on the affected tooth and the procedure will begin. Your dentist will remove all the damaged dental pulp and do a thorough cleaning inside the canal to ensure no bacteria is left behind. The canal is then filled with a biocompatible material designed specifically for dental work. Lastly, a temporary filling is placed over the opening to keep it clean and protected. While root canals can be done in one appointment, additional appointments may be needed to complete all the steps.
Once the procedure is fully done, we’ll schedule you to get a permanent and final filling to seal off everything for a lasting restoration. While some pain may occur from a root canal, this is usually alleviated by over-the-counter pain medication and shouldn’t last more than a few days. Some patients experience no pain at all.
Here are some of the signs that indicate you may need a root canal: