A root canal is a dental procedure used to save a natural tooth that has become severely infected or damaged. Whenever possible, Dr. Evans and Dr. Ziemba will recommend a root canal to save a tooth and avoid extraction. Tooth extraction, although sometimes necessary, can lead to a deterioration of oral health if not addressed properly with tooth replacement.
Root Canals: What To Expect
Modern advances in both technique and materials have made the root canal process more accurate, efficient and less painful. Most patients find the process no more uncomfortable than a typical dental filling. We will explain all aspects of the root canal procedure prior to your treatment and offer sedation dentistry options for patients who suffer with dental anxiety.
A root canal is typically completed during one or two visits to our Longmeadow dentist office. The first step is to ensure that you feel relaxed and comfortable, and either a local anesthetic or dental sedation will be administered before we begin the procedure.
The first step is to create a small opening near the base of the tooth. This enables Dr. Evans or Dr. Ziemba to remove the infected pulp from inside the tooth before cleaning it out and replacing with a biocompatible material. In many cases, the removal of the infection provides immediate pain relief.
The tooth is then sealed to prevent future decay and a dental filling will often be used to complete the process and ensure the tooth is stable and secure. In some cases, we may recommend that you return to our office to place a dental crown over the tooth for long term strength and comfort.
A root canal enables you to maintain your natural, functional smile.