A root canal is a procedure that involves removing the nerve or “pulp” from a tooth and then cleaning and sealing the roots from the inside of the tooth.
A root canal is typically needed due to infection of the tooth, pain or in many instances, both.
Most of the time, a root canal can be completed in one visit. In cases where significant infection is present, it is sometimes advisable to place medication inside the tooth initially before finishing the root canal at a subsequent appointment. This allows the infection and inflammation to resolve before the final seal is accomplished. Generally, a crown is placed on back teeth that have had root canals.
If you have drainage, swelling or pain associated with any of your teeth, Dr. Massey can perform several different tests that will differentiate teeth that are having transient sensitivity from ones that are actually in need of root canal treatment. Early detection is vital in keeping small problems from turning into big ones.