Root canals are recommended for treating severe decay, infected or abscessed teeth.
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The term root canal usually sparks and negative reaction from people even if they’ve never had one before. Root canals have a bad reputation mostly from hearsay, but a root canal could save your natural tooth, time and money in the long run. Root canals are recommended for treating severe decay, infected or abscessed teeth. Beneath the hard exterior of your teeth is a soft deposit of tissue called pulp. This pulp can become inflamed and damage the roots of your tooth if left unchecked so a root canal procedure may be required to save your tooth.
During your root canal procedure, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth affected. A small opening is made in your tooth so your dentist can use instruments to clean the pulp from the root canals and any infected tissue. Once the infection has been removed, the space is filled with a sealant, usually material called gutta-percha, and cemented with an adhesive to protect the root canal and roots of your tooth. Your dentist will also place a temporary filling to seal the access point created at the start of the procedure, and that temporary filling will be replaced with a crown at a later date.
Root canals give you the opportunity to save the natural teeth you have even after a severe infection. Maintaining your natural teeth and smile may cut down on the cost and frequency of future dental procedures and allows you to continue chewing normally and enjoying your natural smile. Don’t let your fear of root canals put your teeth at risk. If you’re concerned that you may need a root canal call us to schedule a free consultation today. We’re here to help you feel more comfortable and confident about the procedure, call now and take a step toward keeping your natural teeth.