Facts You Should Know about Root Canals
If your tooth has experienced decay or injury to the point that it has affected the pulp of your tooth, a root canal treatment is going to be your only option for saving your tooth.
The pulp of the tooth contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. When the pulp becomes infected or inflamed beyond the point of recovery, then a root canal is performed. It is important to have a root canal done, because an untreated infection has the potential to spread and can even be fatal. The only other option that you have is extracting the infected tooth and replacing it with a bridge or dental implant. It is always better to keep your natural tooth, though.
During a root canal procedure, the dentist will actually remove the diseased pulp from the tooth. The dentist will have to remove the decay and then drill an access hole through the crown of your tooth in order to do this. Once the pulp is removed, the root canals will be flushed and cleaned out. An antibiotic may be administered at this point. The tooth will then be filled with a rubbery substance called gutta percha and then a dental filling will be used to seal it. The tooth will then be restored with a crown. This whole process can take one to three visits to the dentist. While the root canal procedure has a reputation for being a painful one, that reputation is largely unfounded. Most patients describe the pain involved as being akin to having a dental filling placed.
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