Your teeth have multiple layers. The outermost layer is called enamel, followed by a hard layer called dentin. Underneath the dentin is the pulp, which contains nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. The pulp plays a crucial role in the initial stages of tooth growth and development. When a tooth’s pulp becomes infected or inflamed due to factors like decay, trauma, or chips and cracks, our dentist can perform a root canal procedure. This treatment aims to save the tooth, alleviate pain, and prevent the formation of an abscess. A root canal is an effective treatment for preserving the original tooth. As an added benefit, it looks natural when biting and chewing.
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Signs Indicating You May Need A Root Canal Procedure Can Be:
- Sensitivity to heat and cold
- Tenderness or swelling in the gums
- The presence of a persistent pimple on the gums can also serve as an indicator
What can I expect from root canal?
Initially, an X-ray will be taken to visualize the structure of the infected tooth and identify any infections in the surrounding areas. A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area to ensure comfort during the procedure. Thankfully, many patients report that a root canal is a relatively comfortable procedure, similar to filling a cavity. During the procedure itself, the pulp is removed. Next, the inner portion of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned. Once the cleaning process is complete, the tooth is filled and sealed using a sealer paste and a rubber-like material. We may recommend a crown or filling to add more protection.
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