Just mention the term “Root Canal” and people go into hiding. We promise it’s not as bad as you might think.
An extreme toothache or severe sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures may be an indication of irritation to the nerve in your tooth caused by infection or injury.
Root canal therapy is designed to restore and protect your teeth so that you can smile again. For some reason, this therapy has been given a bad reputation of being painful. Which is far from the truth. With the advancement of dental techniques, the actual procedure has minimal discomfort.
What Exactly Is a Root Canal?
Inside your tooth is a soft core called the dental pulp this is the soft tissue containing blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves. If the pulp becomes infected, pain and swelling can develop. The root canal is the procedure your dentist will use to find the cause of the problem and treat it effectively. Here are the 5 basic steps to the whole process:
- The tooth in question will be thoroughly examined to assess the damage, and determine what treatment will be best.
- After numbing the area of the root canal therapy, your dentist will drill a small access hole into the tooth and because of the local anesthetic, you will not feel a thing.
- The infected and damaged tissue will next be removed.
- Once thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, the canal in the root of the tooth is sealed with a filling compound.
- There are times when the root canal therapy requires a second session. Depending on the extent of damage to your tooth, further restoration using a crown and post may be needed.
Now that your tooth has been restored we encourage you to please take care of it. Keep flossing, keep brushing and keep coming to City Square Dental Center for regular exams and teeth cleaning. If you are currently experiencing any discomfort or sensitivity with your teeth call us immediately.
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