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WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL?
A root canal is a term used to describe the natural cavity in the center of a tooth. This area contains a soft area known as the pulp chamber which houses the nerves of the tooth. Root canals are necessary when the pulp layer of a tooth becomes infected.
Infection can lead to the loss of a tooth and it is necessary to remove the infection with root canal therapy. The procedure is generally comfortable and saves the natural tooth, prevents the spread of infection, and returns the smile to complete health.
Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages.
Protects the other teeth from excessive wear or strain.
Relieve pain and save your natural tooth with root canal therapy.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED A ROOT CANAL?
Root canals are needed for a cracked tooth from injury or genetics, a deep cavity, or issues from a previous filling. Patients generally need a root canal when they notice their teeth are sensitive, particularly to hot and cold sensations.
Here are a few symptoms that mean you might need a root canal:
Severe pain while chewing or biting.
Pimples on the gums.
A chipped or cracked tooth.
Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the sensation has been removed.
Swollen or tender gums.
Deep decay or darkening of the gums.
WHAT IS THE ROOT CANAL PROCEDURE?
Before the procedure begins, the area is completely numbed using a local anesthetic. Once the area is numbed, a rubber dam is placed around the infected tooth to protect the mouth and to prevent anything from falling into the back of the throat.
In order for the dentist to access the infected tooth pulp, an opening is made through the top of the tooth to get down into the pulp chamber. A tiny instrument, called a dental file, is then carefully used to clean out the infected tissue and to shape the root canals to receive a filling. X-rays may be done to ensure that all of the infected pulp is removed before the filling is placed.
After the infected pulp is removed, the restoration is placed. In most cases, a crown is placed by the dentist to protect and strengthen the tooth. However, if the tooth is severely broken down, it may be necessary to start by building up the tooth with a post and core.
If you have any concerns about root canal therapy, reach out to your dentist at Missouri Gardens Dental for advice. Call our office at (727) 461-4832.
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