A root canal is a procedure in which the dentist removes the infected tissue from the tooth. The dentist will then fill the tooth with a material. This material will help restore the tooth's structure and function. Root canals are a common procedure. In fact, the American Association of Endodontists reports that 15 million root canals are performed each year. If your dentist has recommended you a root canal treatment, here is everything you may need to know about the procedure.
If bacteria get inside your tooth and infect the pulp, it can result in an infection. This infection can spread through the root canal system, infecting the root canals. Root canal infection usually happens because a tooth is cracked, chipped, or has a deep cavity.
Root canal procedures are recommended when dental decay or infection affects a tooth's pulp, the innermost layer of the tooth. The pulp can become damaged from trauma or a large cavity. When this occurs, bacteria can enter the pulp, leading to infection. Once the pulp has become infected, it cannot heal on its own. The only treatment available to save the tooth and prevent additional damage is a root canal procedure.
Root canal therapy is used to save a tooth that is causing extreme pain or sensitivity. If your dentist's examination reveals that you need a root canal, he will discuss your options and help you make a decision.
Signs that you need a root canal include:
During a root canal procedure, your dentist will remove infected pulp and nerves from your tooth. Once the infected material is removed, the doctor will place a rubber-like substance called gutta percha in the tooth to seal it from further damage. When your tooth is sealed, your dentist will then place a crown over the tooth to protect and restore its function.
Root canals are a common endodontic procedure because they are able to save teeth that would otherwise be extracted.
Thanks to advances in dental technology, root canal treatment is now virtually painless. During the procedure, your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic. In most cases, patients do not feel any pain at all. If you do feel any discomfort after the procedure, it can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
A root canal procedure may be able to save a severely infected tooth. However, if the infection is too far advanced, the tooth may need to be removed. A dentist will need to examine your tooth and determine whether a root canal or extraction is the best option.
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