Root Canals (Endodontics)
Endodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the treatment of dental pulp, including nerve tissue. The most common endodontic procedure is the root canal, in which infected nerve tissue is removed to repair and preserve the tooth. If left untreated, this infection could result in an abscess, facial swelling, drainage problems, and bone loss.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
The root canal process begins by numbing the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Dr. Shepherd will then create an opening into the canal of the tooth to remove bacteria, pulp, and infected tissue and thoroughly clean the canal of debris. A sealer paste and rubber compound are then used to seal the canal before any additional restoration work is performed. Often, a crown is recommended following a root canal to protect the affected tooth and optimize the success of the treatment. Crowns also have the added benefit of enhancing appearance, which is often a concern following major intervention.
Do Root Canals Hurt?
Root canals have a bad and unwarranted reputation for being particularly painful procedures. In reality, most of our patients experience little to no pain. Dr. Shepherd uses the most advanced technologies and offers effective pain medications during and after the procedure to provide the most comfortable treatment experience possible. The procedure itself also relieves the pain of the infection, letting you get back to enjoying your regular activities. Please note that Dr. Shepherd does not perform molar root canals, but will refer you to a trusted endodontic specialist.