A root canal is a procedure that can help restore the interior of a tooth to relieve pain and save your smile. This treatment is needed when the nerve of the tooth is affected by decay or infection. A root canal saves your tooth by replacing the infected tissue with a rubber-like material, which is later protected with a filling and crown. When the process is completed, the tooth is restored to its full function.
The Best Option
A root canal is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that would otherwise die and have to be removed. Because root canals have a reputation of being painful, many patients believe that removing the tooth is a better solution. What they don’t realize is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth compared to the root canal procedure. Also, with advancements in dental pain management processes, most people find the root canal experience to be more comfortable than they expected.
Root canal procedures are necessary when:
Root canal treatment is highly successful.
Signs and symptoms for possible need for root canal therapy:
Sometimes there are no specific symptoms but your dentist has diagnosed an issue that requires this treatment.
The Root Canal Treatment Process
A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and is performed in our office by our highly trained and experienced dentists. During the first appointment:
After treatment your tooth may be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.
You will be given care instructions after each appointment. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.
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