Root Canal

Allison Clark, DMD

General Dentistry located in New Lebanon, OH

Dr. Allison Clark, DMD, at Clark Family Dental in New Lebanon, Ohio, performs root canals to relieve your dental pain and save your teeth. If deep decay, repeated dental procedures, or injury causes the soft tissue inside the roots of your teeth to become inflamed or infected, call or make an appointment online for your necessary root canal.

Root Canal Q & A

Why are root canals necessary?

Fully developed teeth no longer need the root and pulp that’s inside under the enamel and dentin because the surrounding tissue supplies the required nutrients.

Root canals become necessary for a number of reasons, including:

  • Deep decay
  • Repeated dental procedures
  • Faulty crowns
  • Cracks and chips

These issues cause the roots of your teeth to become inflamed or infected requiring their removal through a process known as a root canal. Additionally, other tooth trauma, even without visible chips or cracks also causes pulp damage.

How is a root canal performed?

When you see Dr. Clark for a root canal, she begins the procedure by taking X-rays to help locate the decay. Next, she numbs the area with local anesthesia and inserts a dental dam into your mouth to help keep the area clean and dry.

Dr. Clark then performs a pulpectomy by creating an opening in the top of your tooth, removing the damaged and diseased pulp from the inside of your tooth, and washing the area with water and an antimicrobial solution to kill remaining bacteria and reduce your risk for further infection.

Once she finishes cleaning and drying your tooth chamber, Dr. Clark fills the space with a material called gutta-percha, seals your tooth with cement, and places a temporary crown.

To help prevent fractures while waiting for your permanent crown, try not chew or bite on the treated tooth.

What happens after my root canal procedure?

You return to Dr. Clark a few weeks after your initial procedure to have your root canal completed with the placement of a permanent crown or similar type of restoration.

Before your permanent crown placement, Dr. Clark takes an additional set of X-rays to ensure all signs of infection are gone.

How do I prevent root canals?

The best way to try and prevent the need for additional root canal procedures is to take good care of your teeth and gums with good oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day helps reduce the precursors to root canals, plaque, and tartar buildup, and gingivitis, as does seeing Dr. Clark for regular checkups and cleanings twice a year.

To work with a dentist who wants to make your root canal experience as comfortable as possible, schedule a root canal, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Allison Clark, DMD, at Clark Family Dental in New Lebanon, Ohio.