What is the Procedure Like?
The best way to treat an infected tooth is with a root canal. In this procedure, our team, led by Dr. Quinn or Dr. Mitchell, will create a small opening in the tooth, and remove infected dental pulp. The interior of the tooth will be cleaned thoroughly.
The pulp is cleaned out using a tool called a root canal file, and the debris is flushed out with sodium hypochlorite. If the pulp is infected, the dentists will treat the area with an antimicrobial to kill off any bacteria that might be left behind.
The interior of the tooth is then filled with a material called ‘gutta-percha,’ which supports the structure of the tooth. Finally, the entire tooth is capped with a dental crown.
Contrary to popular belief, root canals are not painful. The process is very similar to having a cavity filled, and is usually performed only under local anesthetic. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour.