Restorative Dentistry: Root Canals



A root canal counts as one of the many treatments patients seek for restorative and reconstructive dentistry. People that need extensive reconstructive care may qualify for a root canal. But what is a root canal?

Root Canals

Root canals repair badly damaged teeth that are past the point of a filling. Common reasons for this restorative dentistry procedure are cracked teeth, a bad and deeply rooted cavity, or repeated treatments to the tooth (such as multiple filling replacements) that have left its structure weakened.

The damaged area of the tooth, called the pulp, is removed from the mouth. Then the space is cleaned, disinfected, filled and sealed. It’s called a root canal because your restorative dentist cleans the canals inside your tooth’s root before replacing the tooth with a crown.

If your restorative dentist has recommended a root canal, or you suspect you may need this treatment, contact a specialty dentist such as Dr. James White of Las Vegas that has extensive knowledge and experience in this type of restorative dentistry.

What to Expect from This Restorative Dentistry Treatment

Your restorative or cosmetic dentist will see you through the steps of your root canal over the course of a few office visits.

X-ray: You’ll undergo an x-ray so that your restorative dentist can locate the decay and ensure that a root canal is the right course of treatment for you.

Anesthesia: The area around your tooth will be numbed, leaving you pain free during the restorative dentistry procedures.

Pulpectomy: Your dentist creates an opening to remove the diseased tooth and its pulp.

Filling: The root is cleaned, filled and sealed with cement to block further infection or decay. You might receive a crown to further protect the compromised tooth.

Should this reconstructive dentistry procedure frighten you, not to worry, Dr. James White’s expert staff will guide you through the process, answer any questions you may have and ensure you feel safe and comfortable during the procedure. Don’t put off the pain you feel any longer. Call Dr. White to schedule your restorative root canal.