Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure that entails removing the nerve and tissue, known as the pulp, from inside a tooth’s root when it becomes infected. Once the pulp is removed, the inside of the tooth is thoroughly sanitized, and then filled with a permanent material to stabilize the tooth’s root. The final step typically involves placing a permanent dental crown on the top of the tooth to strengthen it.
Why would I need a root canal?
If a tooth has significant decay that reaches the nerve of the tooth, it can cause an infection. An infected tooth, also referred to as an abscessed tooth, can cause significant pain, especially when eating or drinking cold substances. Sometimes trauma to a tooth can cause the tooth’s nerve to die. Although this may not cause any pain, the tooth may become discolored and brittle.
What to expect for a root canal procedure
Think of a root canal as getting a deep filling within your tooth. Your tooth will be made numb so that you do not feel anything throughout your procedure. We begin by accessing the inside of the tooth and removing any decay or damaged areas. The pulp is removed by using specialized instruments designed specifically for accessing the chamber (inside) of the root. We cleanse the chamber, and then fill it with a permanent filling. The last step is to place a permanent crown over the tooth, which may require another visit or two.
If you are nervous about your root canal procedure, ask about nitrous oxide, a form of sedation dentistry to help you feel calm and relaxed during your appointment.
To schedule a consultation, contact Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry today at (831) 438-4411. We welcome patients of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley, California.