Root Canal Treatment

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What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a type of dental preservation focused on teeth that have diseased interiors.  Root canals are often the best way to save a tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted due to decay. The pulp of a tooth may become infected if the tooth is damaged. This infection can cause serious pain for the patient, sometimes to the point that they can't even bite down freely. 

What Are the Signs That Root Canal Therapy May Be Needed?

For most people, pain is the main indicator that there is an infection in the tooth pulp. The pain often happens when a person is chewing, although it may be present at other times as well. Some people who have an infection in the tooth pulp may develop swelling around the tooth, which can sometimes be evident even on the outer jaw. Sensitivity while brushing the teeth or while drinking hot or cold beverages is also fairly common in people who suffer from infections in the tooth pulp.

How Does the Root Canal Therapy Process Work?

Root canal therapy requires at least 2 different visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the patient will be placed under anesthesia while the dentist extracts the pulp from the tooth. The tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and then packed with medicated materials. A sealant is used to help repel bacteria, as well. A temporary crown will be placed while the permanent one is being created. The permanent crown is very strong and sturdy. It can be treated as if it's natural tooth material. With this crown in place, the tooth is preserved and will be much less likely to become infected again.

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