What is a root canal?
Root canal treatment, often simply called a root canal, is a type of endodontic procedure that restores the inner portion of a tooth to optimal health. The inner portion of a tooth is filled with important blood vessels, cells, and nerves that help the tooth grow and function. While normally protected by the tooth enamel, this delicate area can become seriously infected if decay reaches it. If left untreated, the infection can ultimately kill the tooth and begin spreading to the healthier areas of your mouth. To save your tooth, Dr. Derek Lowe offers gentle root canal treatment.
Do root canals hurt?
Our caring dentist and dental team at Alaska Dental Arts work hard to ensure you feel comfortable and pain-free through your root canal in Fairbanks, Alaska. We use the latest anesthesia and sedation techniques to numb your smile before opening the tooth and removing all decayed dental pulp. After your root canal system has been cleaned out and restored, we place a rubber-like material inside of the tooth to restore its structural integrity. The tooth is then sealed with a filling or crown, based on the amount of original tooth structure left.
You may need a root canal if you are experiencing severe tooth pain, have lumps on your gums, or have trouble chewing and biting down. We invite you to contact our dental office today to learn more.