Byron L. Carr, DMD, FAGD

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a common dental procedure that your dentist in Hemet, CA will perform when a tooth has a deep cavity, severe damage, or is fractured and in danger of becoming infected. This is intended to save a tooth that may otherwise have to be extracted. A root canal is usually completed in two visits.

How Your Dentist Performs a Root Canal

After x-rays and careful planning, your dentist will numb the affected area and create a small opening at the top of the tooth. Next, your dentist will clean each canal or channel within the tooth that holds the nerve and other parts of the tooth's interior, removing all damage and infection.

Then the empty canals will be filled with a rubber-like material that seals the tooth to prevent any future infection. At the end of this first part of the procedure, your dentist will cap the tooth with a temporary crown while the permanent crown is created. You may be prescribed antibiotics to ensure no infection resurfaces while before your next visit.

The final step in a root canal is when your dentist installs the permanent crown made of a durable,  porcelain-like material that, with proper maintenance, will last for many years. A root canal in Hemet, CA is a safe procedure that, when necessary, saves teeth.

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