What is a root canal?

A root canal is needed when the pulp of the tooth becomes infected or inflamed.  The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth.  A diseased pulp can occur from a large cavity, tooth trauma or a cracked tooth, among other things.   An individual will typically notice the tooth is infected or inflamed because it is usually accompanied by pain.   A root canal involves removal of the diseased pulp and results in resolution of pain.


What can you expect?

At Colden Dental Care, we provide a calm environment to help patients relax and put them at ease.  If you need a root canal, and are experiencing some dental anxiety about this procedure, we can help.  With advances in dentistry, sedation options and cutting edge tools and techniques we will help make the procedure a breeze!

Our office works with an electronic apex locator, rotary files and digital radiography during root canal treatments to ensure superior results.  We also provide patients with nitrous oxide inhalation sedation as needed to help them with any dental anxiety they may be experiencing.  As always, our gentle and attentive staff will be with you every step of the way.


Is the procedure long?


Step 1.First we drill a small access hole through the biting surface of the affected tooth.  This allows us to gain access to the pulp chamber where the majority of the procedure will be performed.Step 2.Any diseased or dead pulp tissue will be removed from the affected area with specially designed instruments. This is not painful because the area is already numb and the tissue being removed is either dead or dying meaning nerve endings are likely already dead which necessitated the procedure in the first place. Once the pulp, along with the nerves contained in it, are removed, the tooth itself can no longer feel pain. The canals are disinfected and prepared for the next step.Step 3.The canals are now shaped with tiny flexible instruments allowing us to prepare the canal fillings with a special sealer.  The canals are washed and cleaned again to remove any remaining root canal debris prior to sealing them.  Usually a rubber-like material is used to fill the canal space. This special thermoplastic material is heated and then compressed into and against the walls of the root canals to seal them.  Sealing the canals is critically important to prevent them from becoming reinfected with bacteria.Once complete a filling material will then be placed to seal the access hole that was made to treat the canals completing the treatment.

It is our goal to provide patient-centered comprehensive care with a personalized approach that addresses the unique needs of each patient.