Root Canal Treatments
The pulp is a soft tissue inside your tooth, here you can find nerves and blood vessels. The pulp provides the tooth nourishment. It can become infected by:
A cracked tooth
A deep cavity
Repetitive dental procedures that disturb the tissue
If these issues go untreated, the tissues around the root tip can become infected. If this happens, you will feel pain and swelling. An infection that becomes advanced enough can even cause the loss of the tooth completely.
Can I get this done during my regular visit?
Although Dr. Hopkins and Dr. Kunz do root canals, sometimes they find it better to refer you to a specialist, known as an endodontist. A root canal in our office could take 1.5 to 2 hours, with the specialist it takes about 45 minutes to an hour.
What should I expect?
A root canal treatment takes place with 3 office visits. There will be little to no pain due to the anesthesia. Once the procedure is complete the pain should subside. The first visit will be the completion of the root canal, the second visit is for the crown preparation, and the final visit is for the crown seat.