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Root Canal Therapy
The pulp, which is the living tissue inside of your tooth that is comprised of blood vessels and nerves, can become infected or damaged due to extensive decay or trauma. In order to prevent further spread of infection or needing an extraction, your dentist will need to perform root canal therapy. During root canal therapy, anesthetic will be used to ensure your comfort during the procedure and then the tissues inside of the tooth will carefully be removed. The tooth will be filled with a bio-compatible material and sealed. After root canal therapy, pain from the damaged or infected tooth will not occur. Since these treated teeth are more fragile than they were before, a crown is generally recommended after root canal therapy to protect the tooth from further damage. If you are experiencing dental pain, our dentists will examine your teeth to determine the best treatment for you in order to alleviate your pain and make sure you are as comfortable as you can be.
What Does the Treatment Involve?
A root canal treatment can happen in one or several dental visits. Your dentist will perform the following steps during the treatment:
The dentist will numb your tooth to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Then, the dentist will place a thin latex cover on top of the tooth so it stays dry. Finally, the dentist will make an opening in the dental crown to gain access to the dental pulp chamber.
Your dentist will remove the pulp (your tooth’s nerve) from the pulp chamber and will replace it with a root. The dentist may apply medication to prevent the growth of bacteria to the pulp chamber.
The dentist will fill the root canal with a rubber material to seal it. Finally, the dentist will place a temporary filling on the tooth to protect the canal from contamination.
What Should You Expect?
Although having a root canal might sound scary, it’s not much worse than a routine filling. With the use of safe and effective types of sedation, we can ensure a comfortable procedure with little to no pain. After your procedure, you should care for it as you would any of your teeth. You shouldn’t experience any pain after the root canal, but if you do, just give us a call.
If you’re still nervous about having a root canal, give us a call. One of our nurses can discuss the procedure with you further and address any concerns you may have.
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