Root Canal Frequently Asked Questions

What are root canals? You may have heard them–and you many know that many people dread them.

But depending on your dental needs, they may be necessary if you want to salvage a tooth instead of having it removed.

When Do I Need a Root Canal?

If your teeth are damaged severely, decaying, or if they have a serious infection–these are the cases when a root canal may be necessary.

What causes a tooth infection? If you have a severe cavity, or a cracked tooth, an infection might form. You might feel pain and swelling, and an abscess may begin to form.

If the infection damages the bone connecting your tooth to the jaw, removal might be necessary.

What Is the Root Canal Procedure Like?

A root canal takes one-or-two visits. The procedure itself isn’t actually painful, contrary to popular misconception, although your teeth may be sensitive following the procedure. Ask your dentist what methods are available for ameliorating discomfort.

First, an X-ray is taken to ensure a clear view of the tooth. You’re numbed and your tooth is protected with latex to keep it dry and clean.

During the procedure, the tooth’s nerve is removed and the tooth’s inside is cleaned. Medicine might be applied to the tooth for the purpose of killing germs. Filling is placed into the tooth until a more permanent restoration method can be used.

After the procedure, antibiotics might be used to combat the infection.

Root canal’s are meant to save your tooth for your lifetime, so long as you take care of them. With proper care such as brushing your teeth and flossing, your newly protected tooth will be a partner that sticks through thick and thin. Make sure to treat your teeth well–they’re meant to last you a long, long time.

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