What is a Root Canal?

Having a toothache may be a sign that you need a root canal. Each tooth has at least one root, but some have more than one root. 

When you have cracked or chipped your tooth, or have a large filling or been hit in the face, it often causes (or contributes greatly to) infection and decay. If the soft tissue called pulp inside your tooth becomes infected, decayed or inflamed, then Dr. Amores may recommend a root canal so that the tooth can be possibly saved and repaired.

Getting a root canal prevents drainage problems, bone loss and potential swelling—you want your teeth, neck, face, and head to be comfortable and normal looking, right?

Dental pulp is a combination of your blood vessels, connective tissue and nerves, and the pulp resides inside the tooth itself. Your nerves provide sensation so that you can tell when you are eating hot foods or drinking an icy cold beverage.

A root canal procedure happens when the pulp is removed and the root area, canal(s) and pulp chamber are thoroughly cleaned, filled and then properly sealed (to prevent any further infection or bacteria getting in). Root canals are performed on millions of patients each year, and Dr. Amores has helped hundreds of root canal patients.

While you may not be excited to get a root canal, the procedure is precise and we use the finest technology while helping you maintain your natural teeth whenever possible. Also, the procedure uses a local anesthetic—any pain or discomfort is caused by the abscess in tooth (which is a pocket of pus stemming from decay) versus the procedure itself. Many patients tell us they can resume work and life routine activities even the day after getting a root canal.

Dr. Amores can help you figure out the best options if you need a root canal.


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