Root Canal Therapy

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Root Canal Therapy

Root canals! We know lots of people use them as a metaphor for pain and discomfort, but interestingly, root canals are actually an excellent way to stop a tooth from hurting! Modern root canals are fast and almost always painless – and best of all, they can save a tooth from the necessity of extraction.

Why Would I Need a Root Canal?
Your tooth is more than hard enamel. Inside your tooth is a network of tissue and nerves called the pulp. When the pulp is healthy, it keeps your tooth hydrated and protects it from shocks. Just as with any tissue in your body, if the pulp becomes injured or infected, it begins to hurt and swell. Injury to the pulp can occur for all kinds of reasons - from an accident or trauma to your teeth to a cavity or a filling that is failing. Little by little, the infection in the pulp increases, eventually leading to a spread of infection, first into the roots and then into your jawbone, your sinuses and other cavities and can cause all sorts of inflammation and illness.

Unfortunately, some infected teeth are not painful! Sometimes, the tissue inside a tooth can degenerate without having any noticeable symptoms and can cause a person to go for months and even years without realizing that they need treatment. That is one reason why it is so crucial to have your regular dental checkup and cleaning. It helps us catch and treat an infection before it spreads too far.

How are Root Canals Performed?
We start a root canal in a way very similar to filling a cavity. Using a drill, we carefully expose pulp and roots of your tooth and delicately clean out the infection. After the roots are cleaned, we irrigate and disinfect the entire interior of the tooth, hermetically seal it with an artificial core, and build it back up with a porcelain crown or other filling material. The process is amazingly fast and usually offers immediate relief.



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