What is a Root Canal?
If you have been told you need a root canal by Dr. Fawcett or have been refereed by your dentist, relax! A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges. This procedure has a 90% success rate.
At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
How is a Root Canal Performed?
If you experience any of these symptoms, Dr. Fawcett will most likely recommend treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia since your comfort is always our goal. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia . You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.
What happens after Treatment?
When your root canal is completed, the tooth may be tender for a few days. Dr. Fawcett will discuss the final restoration with you if you are his patient, or refer you back to your dentist at this time for follow up care.