What Is a Root Canal, Anyway?

Let’s start with a few things that a root canal is not. A root canal is not a procedure designed by devious dentists to torture patients. A root canal is not horrifically painful. A root canal is not something that will make you ill. A root canal is not a procedure that will lead to you losing your tooth.

Myths about root canals have been around, well, probably as long as root canals. And, like a lot of medical myths, unfortunately, they’ve taken on new life in the internet age.

In the olden days of dentistry, it’s entirely possible that root canals were uncomfortable to sit through. That may be why the procedure has acquired its notorious reputation. But the truth is that with today’s modern techniques, tools, and anesthesia, getting a root canal is no big deal at all and in some cases is necessary to save the health of your mouth. Most patients say it’s no more painful than getting a standard filling.

If you’ve been experiencing tooth pain and believe you may have an infection or abscess, call Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS at our Crown Point, IN office at 219-641-3422. You may also get in touch via our online0.

Why Might I Need a Root Canal?

A root canal is a procedure that removes the sensitive pulp of your tooth and then strengthens the tooth with a sturdy crown. It is a far superior option — and far less invasive — than removing the tooth entirely. You may need a root canal in the following scenarios:

  • Extensive decay. If you have a cavity that’s too extensive to be fixed with a filling, you may need a root canal.
  • Tooth infection or abscess. If the tooth root is infected, a root canal may be the only way to save your tooth.
  • A deep crack or chip in the tooth — whether caused by decay or a traumatic injury — may require root canal treatment.

What Is the Root Canal Process?

The root canal procedure is quite straightforward and should cause minimal pain.

  • First, we will thoroughly numb the area to be treated so you don’t feel a thing during the procedure. We will place a piece of rubber called a dental dam in your mouth to keep it dry.
  • We will drill a small hole in your tooth enamel and through it, remove all of the infected pulp with special instruments.
  • An inert rubber-like material will be used to fill the clean, dry tooth cavity. The access hole will be sealed.
  • Finally, your tooth will be capped with a beautiful, custom-made crown.

Far from causing pain, a root canal will eliminate any pain you’ve been experiencing due to an infected tooth.

At Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS, if we determine you need a root canal, we will happily answer any questions you have and address all of your concerns. To learn more about root canal treatment or schedule an appointment with our compassionate and gentle dental professionals, fill out our online form or call our Crown Point office at 219-641-3422.