Frequently Asked Questions
A root canal is performed when a tooth has a cavity so large that it has reached the nerve of the tooth. Your dentist will remove all the decayed tooth structure and remove the nerve of the tooth using small files. After the nerve is removed, we use a rubber material to fill the roots of the tooth and then place a filling in the top portion of the tooth. A lot of people think we removed the roots, but this is a misconception. The tooth and its roots are still in place, we only remove the soft tissue nerve from the center of the tooth. In most cases, you will need to have a crown placed to bring your tooth back to its original form.
After a root canal, you may have soreness for a few days. It should not hurt during your root canal treatment. Your dentist will make sure you are profoundly numb for the procedure.