Root Canals

Assorted dental tools on a tray.

At times, a tooth becomes badly decayed or becomes infected and requires a root canal. A root canal procedure removes the the nerve and pulp inside the tooth which is then cleaned and sealed. If left untreated, an abscess can form and the area surrounding the tooth can become infected.

The root canal can be performed by our team at Barksdale Dental or may be referred out to an endodontist specializing in root canals. The procedure may take several visits to complete.

Root canals are performed with anesthetic and are generally equivalent to having a filling done. The center of the tooth will be drilled out and the pulp, bacteria, and nerve tissue are cleaned away. Once fully cleaned, the tooth will be sealed or treated for infection. If the procedure isn’t completed the first day, you will be given a temporary filling to protect the tooth. Finally, you will receive a permanent filling or crown to complete the restoration of the tooth.

Following a root canal, you may experience some pain and discomfort especially if there was an infection. Over-the-counter pain medication should alleviate these symptoms.

If you have a temporary filling, you should avoid chewing on that side of your mouth to avoid damage to the tooth or food or debris getting under the filling.

Once complete, you can return to your normal oral care routine of brushing, flossing and using an antiseptic mouthwash.