Root Canal Procedure

Root Canals in Waukesha, WI

Root canals are one of the most dreaded procedures for dental patients, but it isn’t as bad as you might be led to think. If you have an infected tooth, a root canal is often the best alternative to losing the tooth. If you’re in need of a root canal, the specialists at Tanty Family Dental will walk you through every step and provide detailed descriptions of what to expect.

Root canal treatments consist of three major steps.

STEP 01
Diagnosis

Inside each of your teeth is the pulp. The pulp provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth. When the pulp gets infected or injured, natural bacterias in your body will feed off the dead tissue in the root. Root canals are the removal of the pulp in order to avoid this, the chronic pain, infection, and potential loss of the tooth altogether.

STEP 02
Pulp Removal & Replacement

During your root canal, our dentists will remove the pulp, clean out the interior of your tooth to eliminate any bacteria build-up, and replace the pulp with a rubber compound called gutta percha. This helps prevent bacteria from causing infection inside the tooth. The tooth is then capped with a temporary filling which will need to be replaced after the root canal is completed.

STEP 03
Crown

Without the pulp, your tooth will no longer receive the nutrients it needs. It may become weak or change color. Your Tanty Family Dental specialist will place a crown on the tooth to improve its durability and restore its natural white color.