What is a Root Canal?

Learn about the standard procedure that relieves pain and restores full function of your teeth.

A root canal is the inner area of a tooth between the pulp and roots. The term also refers to the procedure involving removal and sterilization of contaminated pulp inside the canals of an infected tooth.

A root canal is commonly prescribed by a dentist or endodontists to help save an infected tooth from extraction and relieve discomfort accompanying the damaged or diseased tooth.

Are you experiencing severe tooth discomfort or sensitivity? Read more about the signs of infection to find out if you need a root canal.

Signs You Need a Root Canal

Find out what causes root canals and how you can benefit from root canal treatment at Impeccable Smiles.

Our holistic approach aims to treat the underlying disease that destroy your teeth. We also provide proactive care to prevent the need for dental treatment. We want to help you learn more about how your oral health contributes to your entire state of physical and mental wellness.

Common causes of root canal pain include:

  1. Untreated trauma or injuries that cause cracks or chips in the tooth
  2. Tooth decay
  3. Infection that can result from faulty dental procedures
  4. Diseases like gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), celiac disease, and eating disorders

Taking immediate action following these risk factors can help save your teeth and avoid root canal treatment altogether.

If you notice unusual pain, watch out for these warning signs of infection and seek help as soon as possible:

  1. Severe toothaches
  2. Tender gums that show signs of swelling near the area of pain
  3. Small and painful bumps on the gums that surround the irritated tooth
  4. Darkening of the tooth or signs of decay
  5. Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold stimuli

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Root Canal Procedure

Learn more about the brief, comfortable procedure that can save your natural tooth and relieve your pain.

Our modern technology and Dr. DeLuca’s years of experience performing root canals make them relatively painless and highly effective. If a root canal is prescribed, here’s what you can expect throughout the process.

Step 1. First, we schedule a pre-sedation consultation to review your specific needs and determine the choice of sedation that’s best for you.

Step 2. Once Dr. DeLuca has discussed the best option for your procedure, we make sure you’re comfortable from the time you arrive until the time you return home after your appointment.

Step 3. Dr. DeLuca will begin by creating a small opening in the top enamel of your tooth. This reveals the infected pulp and makes it easy for her to clean out the damaged canals.

Step 4. After the affected area has been cleaned out, the canals are sterilized to prevent further infection.

Step 5. To wrap up the procedure and help your teeth function and look natural, Dr.DeLuca creates a nontoxic porcelain crown to seal the tooth.

After your root canal, you’ll be back to biting and chewing like normal with a smile you can’t wait to show off.