If you’re in need of a root canal, your first reaction to the news probably wasn’t to jump for joy. Despite their bad reputation, root canals are an important part of oral health. After this procedure at our office, you’ll start to enjoy the oral health you’ve been missing out on.
When would someone need a root canal?
Inside the roots of each of your teeth there is a small amount of soft tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. Combined, these elements are called the pulp. When bacteria gain access to the pulp of a tooth, that pulp can quickly lead to a tooth infection as well as inflammation. If left untreated, this can even result in an abscessed tooth.
Generally, bacteria can gain access to the pulp of a tooth if that tooth has sustained a serious injury or is decaying. Maybe it’s been cracked, chipped, or has a severe cavity. All of these situations have the potential to lead to infected pulp.
If you have been experiencing a severe toothache abscessed tooth, or extreme sensitivity in one of your teeth, bacteria in the pulp of your tooth might be the culprit. If this is the case, a root canal can relieve that toothache and make your tooth healthy again.
What is a root canal?
Root canal treatments are part of a dental field called endodontics, which specializes in dealing with the inner workings of the tooth.
The first part of a root canal is the removal of the infected or inflamed pulp. Depending on the severity of the infection, the empty canal is cleaned, disinfected, and medicated. Next, the empty canal is filled with a rubber-like material to seal it off from any future tooth infection.
Finally, your dentist will apply a crown or permanent filling to the tooth, as the last stage of protection. You can expect the toothache and inflammation of an infected pulp to disappear soon afterwards!
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