“I needed to have a root canal done immediately and I was in a tremendous amount of pain. I called Dr. Poupore's office, described to him my symptoms and his staff was able to get me in the next day and the doctor was able to see me right away. Opened up my tooth, did a root canal, two hours later it was such a tremendous relief I felt like a brand-new person. It was really all thanks to Dr. Poupore.”
Root canal treatment is performed to treat decay, infection or other damage that develop deep within the tooth, in the central pulp portion that contains the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues that support the health of the tooth. The pulp is contained within narrow channels or canals that extend from the center of the tooth all the way to the root and jaw bone. Damage to the pulp portion of the tooth can cause pain as well as tooth fractures and tooth loss. Root canal treatment removes this damaged pulp portion while preventing the need for an extraction.
Root canals may be performed using local anesthetic alone or in combination with sedation to help patients relax and remain comfortable throughout the procedure. A root canal procedure uses techniques similar to those used in a “regular” filling procedure, with special tools used to access the deeper pulp portion of the tooth. Once the damaged pulp is removed, the area is cleaned of debris, then sealed and filled with a special material. A crown will also be applied to the tooth to provide additional strength and protection and to hide discoloration that can occur following a root canal procedure.
Yes, removing the pulp of the tooth can result in weakening of the tooth structure, which means it may be more prone to damage. The crown is necessary to provide additional protection and also to help the tooth look its best.
Our practice uses advanced pain management techniques to help patients remain comfortable throughout their procedure. Once the anesthetic wears off, any residual discomfort will resolve within a day or so and can be managed with pain medication. If sedation is used, you can expect to feel groggy for a few hours afterward, and you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home after your appointment.
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