Understanding Root Canals

 

Root canals can save your tooth and help to relieve serious pain caused by infections, but many people have a misplaced fear of getting a root canal. Understanding more about root canals and why they are important can help you overcome your anxiety about this important dental procedure.

What is a root canal?

Your teeth are made up of multiple parts. In the center of each tooth is dental pulp, which is made up of nerves and blood vessels. If dental pulp becomes infected, a root canal will be performed to remove the infected material and clean the inside of your tooth so that the infection doesn’t spread or cause further damage.

Why is this treatment important?

Root canal treatment is important because it can save your original tooth. If the infection is allowed to spread or cause further damage, you could permanently lose your tooth. While there are replacement options like dental implants and bridges, no replacement will be as strong and natural looking as your original tooth, so whenever possible, you should strive to save the teeth you have and keep them healthy.

 

Often, the infection in the pulp causes severe pain, so a root canal will help to eliminate this dental pain while saving your tooth and protecting it in the future.

What are the signs you need a root canal?

Common signs you need a root canal include:

  • Severe pain in one tooth
  • Pain when you put pressure on a tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Sensitive swollen gums

What should you expect during the procedure?

A root canal procedure involves the following steps:

  • Making an opening in the crown of your tooth so that the center of the tooth can be accessed
  • Removing the infected pulp
  • Cleaning the interior of our tooth and applying medicine to the infected area
  • Filling in the hole in your tooth
  • Covering the top of your tooth with a new crown for added protection

A root canal can relieve you from pain and save your tooth so that you can keep your natural smile for years to come. If you think you may need a root canal, contact Royal Dental right away so the problem can be solved quickly before it gets worse.

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