Root canals do not deserve their bad reputation. The procedure is typically painless and does not result in postoperative discomfort. And, when the tooth is properly restored, teeth with root canals can last a long time.
A root canal is simply a filling that goes all the way to the end of the root. All teeth have tissue that occupies a hollow space inside the tooth. If this space gets infected or injured the tooth may begin to hurt. An efficient way of stopping the pain of a toothache is simply to remove the tissue. After the tissue is removed, the inside of the tooth is filled to prevent infection. The tooth can then be restored with a filling or crown.
Doctors Birdwell and Guffey are able to perform most root canals in office. Difficult or unusual cases are referred to one of our excellent local specialists.