Root canals are very small, thin divisions inside your teeth that branch off from the top pulp chamber down to the tip of the root. Inside the canals is pulp tissue which is made up of nerve fibers, veins, arteries, and connective tissue. When this tissue becomes infected, often due to an untreated cavity, it causes pain and can damage the tooth if it is not removed.
Dr. Geare will first numb the area around the tooth that is being treated. A hole is then drilled to the pulp area, and the canal is measured with electronic imaging to determine how much filling is needed. The diseased pulp is removed, and the empty canal is cleaned out and filled. After the procedure, a cap is placed over the tooth. If the tooth does not get re-infected, it is then capped with a permanent crown.
After treatment, some inflammation may cause discomfort, which can be controlled by over-the-counter analgesics recommended by Dr. Geare.