Root Canals

What exactly is a root canal?  

To understand what a root canal is and when it might be necessary, it is helpful to understand and see the anatomy of a tooth.

 Image of a tooth cross section including the root and crown portions.  this image helps in understanding root canal necessity and process.

Image of a tooth cross section including the root and crown portions.  this image helps in understanding root canal necessity and process.

The above diagram shows the anatomy of a healthy tooth.  Sometimes, the pulp layer of the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves can become inflamed or diseased.  A root canal procedure removes the inflamed or diseased pulp.  If this inflamed or diseased pulp is not removed, pain and swelling may result and the tooth may have to be pulled.    

Dr. Shanna Chirco is experienced in performing root canals during which she removes the inflamed or diseased portion of the pulp, cleaning and sealing the pulp chamber and root canal(s).  As long as you continue to care for your gums and teeth with regular brushing, flossing and checkups, a restored tooth can last a lifetime after a root canal.  Even though the tooth no longer has its nerve, it is still capable of developing cavities or gum disease so regular maintenance is important. 

How painful is a root canal?

Although the mere mention of root canals often invokes fear and stress in patients, the procedure is relatively simple and involves little or no discomfort.  Most importantly, a root canal can save your tooth and preserve your smile for years to come. 

 Images showing root canal procedure as is often performed in our dental office

Images showing root canal procedure as is often performed in our dental office

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