A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed to save a badly decayed or infected tooth from extraction. A root canal procedure is performed when tooth decay or a fracture has reached the inner pulp of the tooth. The pulp chamber becomes infected due to a buildup of bacteria, which leads to pain. During a root canal procedure, the dentist removes the infected pulp and nerve, cleans out the canal, and places a sealant in the tooth.
If you have a cavity, your dentist can fill it. But if there's a larger issue with your dental pulp, you may need a root canal. Your dental pulp contains blood vessels and nerves. When decay reaches this area of the tooth, the nerves become irritated and infected. If you have a toothache or sensitivity to hot and cold, you might need a root canal.
During a root canal procedure, your dentist will numb the area surrounding the tooth. Then, he or she will carefully remove the pulp inside your tooth, which contains the nerve and blood supply. Once your dentist is done removing the pulp, he or she will clean and shape the inside of the tooth. Your dentist will then fill the inside of the tooth with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Finally, your dentist will place a crown over the tooth.
Root canal treatment is used to treat an infected tooth. The infection is caused by bacteria and is often diagnosed by a dentist during a routine examination. A root canal can alleviate the pain and other symptoms that are caused by an infection.
Some of the most common symptoms of an infected tooth include:
If you have a tooth that is infected, you may have pain and swelling in your gums. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of your body and affect your health. A root canal is a safe and effective way to treat an infected tooth. So, don't let your infected tooth continue to cause you pain. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.
Once the root canal procedure is complete, your tooth will need time to heal. After your tooth has healed, it's important to make sure you practice good oral hygiene habits. This can help prevent inflammation and infection. To care for your root canal-treated tooth, brush and floss daily and schedule regular dental checkups.
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