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Root Canal

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Forget the old jokes – today’s root canal therapy is no more distressing than getting a filling at Rooney & Rooney.

Root canal therapy is the process of cleaning out, removing, and/or disinfecting the pulp of the tooth. The pulp is the sensitive interior material of the tooth consisting of blood vessels and nerve endings, beneath the hard outer surface of the tooth and the dentin.

Benefits Of Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy can save an infected tooth from having to be extracted. When performed by the skilled professionals at Rooney & Rooney, you can be sure you will experience minimal discomfort, and leave with a functional tooth, as free of infection as possible. Root canal therapy is generally considered the most effective and comfortable way to save a diseased or broken tooth.

How Is Root Canal Therapy Done?

The process of root canal therapy takes about one to two hours, and begins with the administration of anesthetic medicine to the area via injection (you may feel a small pinch when the needle is inserted into the gum, but the area quickly becomes numb thereafter).

When the area is completely numbed, the dentist will carefully remove the part of the pulp that’s inflamed or infected with a drill or laser. After a thorough and careful cleaning, in which the interior of the tooth is disinfected, the area will be sealed and filled.

After the root canal therapy – usually in a separate, subsequent appointment – a crown or filling will be applied to protect and restore the tooth. You may also be prescribed follow-up antibiotics to further treat a severe infection.

Is Root Canal Therapy Right For You?

If you have severe, specific tooth pain, especially pain that is associated with intense sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the hot/cold substance is removed from the area, you may benefit from root canal therapy.

Root canal therapy is also indicated where a tooth has an abscess – a pocket of pus at the root ends of the tooth. Left untreated, abscesses can grow and spread. Root canal therapy is the only way to ensure complete removal of the infection.

It may also be indicated in other instances, such as the presence of deep cavities, fractures, trauma, or repeated dental procedures.

Contact us to set up an appointment so we can answer all of your questions and address your concerns.

“I just had my first root canal done today and it couldn’t have gone any smoother. I almost fell asleep during the procedure and had zero pain and it went fast. I’m very happy with this dentist.”

Brian