Root Canal or Endodontic Therapy

Root Canal Diagram

A root canal will treat patients who have tooth infection or tooth decay. Root canals also prevent the tissues surrounding the tooth from further infection. Dr. Tom Anderson, your trusted Idaho Falls cosmetic and sedation dentist, believes a root canal is nothing to fear, but something you need to take care of – for the health of your teeth and mouth.

When the nerve of a tooth (also known as a pulp) is injured or damaged it breaks into pieces of debris which then becomes an attraction for microorganisms or bacteria. Infection and abscess (a.k.a. pus) start. Eventually, if a root canal isn’t done, the teeth and the surrounding gums will get inflamed. It’s also possible for the inflammation to spread to the face and neck- so this infection not only hurts your dental health, but your overall health.


Signs and Symptoms that you may need a root canal:

  • A darkening or discoloration of the tooth
  • Severe tooth pain when you chew or apply pressure
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • A tenderness and swelling of the gums
Steps in a Root Canal

During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.

A root canal procedure gets rid of the tooth parts that are infected, and it decontaminates and irrigates the tooth’s canals. A special solution (sodium hypochlorite) and water is used to irrigate the tooth to wash away the toothy flotsam and jetsam.

Since the pulp or the nerve is removed during the root canal procedure, the tooth becomes hollow. The tooth is then packed up with tooth fillings and usually an antibiotic is also packed inside the tooth just to make sure any microorganisms will die and stay away.

Subsequently, the tooth will be closed up and preserved with dental cement. The tooth is then restored to perform its normal function of assisting in eating and forming your words.

A full root canal procedure is not usually performed in one day unless you use the services of an Idaho Falls sedation dentist. Dr. Tom Anderson is a trained sedation dentist, and has a registered nurse at his side. He can give you choices to help you relax while the entire procedure is competed.

So getting a root canal in Idaho Falls will not be an uncomfortable experience. With sedation dentistry, you may not even remember the procedure. If you need a root canal, don’t worry. Relax and let your Idaho Falls dentist, Dr. Tom Anderson, take care of your root canal.

Root Canals was last modified: April 19th, 2016 by Lisa Carr