A root canal is a procedure performed when the pulp inside of the tooth becomes infected or inflamed. Deep decay, a chip or crack in the tooth, or repeated dental procedures can cause the pulp to become inflamed. If the pulp becomes infected, the pulp will die, and the tooth will become incredibly sensitive. During a root canal procedure, the dentist will remove the pulp from the tooth. Then, the damaged tooth is cleaned and sealed to prevent bacteria from entering.
Benefits of a root canal procedure
If you have a tooth severely damaged or infected, root canal therapy would be your best treatment option to save the tooth from extraction. Here are the major benefits offered by a root canal procedure.
- Eliminate infection
- Save the tooth
- Prevent abscesses
- Preserve bone density
- Restore oral health
- Prevent the need for dental implants or bridges
- Restore your chewing function
- Restore your smile
What happens during a root canal procedure?
During a root canal, your dentist will remove the infected and damaged pulp from your teeth, then clean and disinfect the area. After this, your dentist will seal the inside of the root canals, preventing bacteria from re-growing. If your tooth is severely infected, your dentist may place medication within the tooth to fight off any remaining bacteria.
What are the benefits of root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for tooth extraction. When a tooth is extracted, the surrounding teeth can shift, causing problems with your bite. By saving your natural teeth, you will not only save money, but you will also keep your natural smile.
What happens after root canal therapy?
The last step of root canal therapy involves placing a dental crown or filling over your tooth to restore strength and function. After root canal therapy, your tooth may be desicated and prone to fracture. Over time, this can lead to more serious dental problems, such as infection or tooth loss. To prevent this from happening, your restorative dentist may recommend placing a dental crown over your tooth.
After a root canal retreatment, patients can expect their tooth to feel better than it previously did, given that an inflamed or infected tooth is the cause of many dental problems.
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