A Root Canal Is Virtually Painless, Prevents Tooth Loss, and Protects Your Oral Health.
Gentle techniques. Comfortable treatment.
A root canal is no more uncomfortable than receiving a filling, thanks to local anesthesia and modern techniques. Meanwhile, it can stop the considerable pain of a tooth infection.
Root canal therapy eliminates the need for extraction.
By removing infected tissue, the healthy exterior can continue to contribute to chewing and other functions. The remaining tooth structure is usually restored with a crown.
Prompt treatment helps you avoid serious oral health issues.
A dental infection can affect surrounding teeth and gum tissue. It can also cause deterioration of the jawbone.
How does a dental infection affect my smile?
The Truth about Root Canals
Do I Need a Root Canal?
If you are experiencing a toothache, sudden sensitivity to heat and cold, swelling in your gums or face, swollen lymph nodes, or a sudden bad taste in your mouth, contact a dentist immediately. In some cases, dental infection presents no symptoms. Attending regular six-month checkups can reveal dental infection regardless of symptoms.
What Happens during a Root Canal?
Seven Basic Steps
The dentist applies local anesthesia.
An access point is created in the tooth.
All tissue is removed from the pulp chamber and root canals.
The inside of the tooth is disinfected and filled with a rubber-like substance.
If needed, a post is inserted into one of the root canals.
The tooth is sealed.
A crown is placed to restore the tooth.
Why Conservative Treatment Matters
Protect Your Oral Health
The only viable alternative to a root canal is tooth extraction, which would be an excessive measure in many cases. While extraction can relieve painful symptoms and prevent further tooth decay and gum disease, it will eventually result in bone atrophy at the extraction site. This can be prevented with a solution such as a dental implant, but this treatment is far costlier and more complex than a root canal.
Don't let misconceptions keep you from pursuing the treatment you need. Schedule an appointment if you are experiencing symptoms of infection, or if you are not undergoing six-month exams.
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