Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a common yet simple procedure that can save your natural teeth and prevent future dental implants or bridges. Root canal treatment significantly restores once damaged teeth. This treatment is recognized and a superior alternative to tooth extraction as a means of treating damaged interior structures such as pulp.
Your teeth contain several layers:
- the outer protective enamel
- a secondary layer of sensitive dentin
- an inner pulp (commonly referred to as the “nerve” of the tooth)
Each pulp chamber branches off, forming canals that lead toward the tooth root tip. These notorious root canals provide a means for the tooth to absorb what it needs from the blood and discard toxins or other unnecessary materials via the blood stream. A deep cavity, traumatic injury, or tooth fracture can make the canal susceptible to bacterial infection, which can kill the pulp, stimulate increased blood flow, and create pressure within the tooth. This can cause severe tooth pain and may initiate bone degeneration, tooth loss, and even more acute pain. If you see a dentist in the earliest stages of this condition, the tooth may be saved with a root canal. Otherwise, it should be extracted and replaced with a prosthetic.
Root canal therapy can be completed in a single appointment. We simply clean out the diseased canal, fill it with a biologically-inert substance, seal it from further infection, and you’re on your way. While some patients experience post-procedural soreness or slight tissue inflammation, these are controllable with over-the-counter analgesics. Follow-up care involves thorough home hygiene and regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups.
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