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What is a Root Canal?

Root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth, and save the natural tooth. When one undergoes a root canal, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed.

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Why do I Need a Root Canal?

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is severely decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected, and abscesses may form.

“Root canal” is the term used to describe the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the root canal. The tooth’s nerve lies within the root canal.

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Root Canal Q&A

A root canal is a dental treatment designed to save a tooth that’s been infected by decay or damaged. If the interior of your tooth becomes exposed — whether because of a deep cavity or a crack — bacteria is able to infect your tooth’s interior pulp tissue. Historically, this would lead to tooth loss. A root canal can clear out that infection, ultimately saving your natural tooth.

It’s normal to feel nervous before a dental procedure, especially if you don’t know what to expect. Here’s what typically happens during a root canal:

Prior to your procedure, you will have x-rays taken of your tooth and gum. On the day of your appointment, the dentist will numb your tooth and then will use a rubber dam (a sheet of latex that prevent bacteria and saliva from getting into the area) to keep the tooth area dry. The tooth is prepared by drilling an opening to remove all decay and bacteria and then thoroughly cleaned. The next step is to seal your root canal. Often this is completed during the same visit with sealer paste and a rubber compound. If you have an infection, that may need to be treated first, resulting in a follow up appointment for the sealer. If this occurs, a temporary filling will be used. Once the root canal is sealed, a filling is placed in the access hole drilled earlier. Your remaining tooth needs to be protected because it’s likely weakened or decayed soa crown may be placed over your existing tooth.

After root canal treatment, you may need to reinforce your tooth with a dental crown. This procedure may weaken your tooth and require a permanent dental restoration to remain healthy. Some people get fillings instead of crowns as a restoration for a root canal treatment, but in most cases, a dental crown is a better option.

If you have been experiencing problems with a tooth, you may wonder, “Do I need a root canal?” Root canals are performed when the nerve or pulp (soft tissue) of the tooth becomes infected and inflamed due to dental decay, a cracked or broken tooth or an injury to the tooth. The symptoms of an infected root canal system vary, but the treatment required is often the same.

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Root Canal

Root canals are certainly not anyone’s favorite dental procedure, but they are often necessary to ensure healthy teeth and gums. Diamond Dental will consult with you to determine if this procedure is needed and if so, will explain how it works and what needs to be done.

Root canals have a somewhat undeserved bad reputation in popular culture. This is most likely due to the fact that a root canal most often becomes necessary after the tooth is already in a great deal of pain from infection. This infection can come from a large cavity that has reached the nerve or pulp in the center of the tooth or it can also come from the tooth being cracked or damaged. The pulp consists of nerves, blood vessels, and other soft tissues that reside in the middle of the tooth and extends all the way down the roots in tiny “canals.”

The root canal procedure involves removing all of the diseased tissue from the center of the tooth and down the canals, disinfecting the inside of the tooth and stopping the disease process, and filling the canals with a flexible material that prevents reinfection of the root canal spaces. The root canal procedure allows for the saving of teeth that would otherwise have to be extracted. Once a root canal is performed on a tooth, a crown is usually placed to strengthen the remaining tooth structure and restore the tooth to proper function and appearance. Root canals are really not as bad as people fear and most often the patient feels very little soreness after the procedure.

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“ Over the years my dentist has helped me overcome my fear of going to the dentist and fear of the pain. He is very patient, calming, takes time to explain things so I can understand them and has a sense of humor which helps me. I like my hygienist and the rest of my support staff. ”

Nicolas Milton