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The Root Canal Procedure Explained
Looking for information on the root canal procedure? Root canals are necessary to save a tooth when it has become infected. Whether your tooth is infected because you cracked or chipped a tooth or because you do not provide it with the proper oral care, once bacteria are able to enter the tooth, it is only a matter of time before an infection occurs.
Once a tooth is infected it needs treatment to remove the infection. If an infected tooth is not treated in a timely manner it will eventually lead to your experiencing other problems that negatively affect your oral health as well as your general health.
Why root canals are necessary
A root canal can save a tooth, which is always preferred over losing the tooth. A healthy mouth is one that has a full set of teeth. This is why it is highly recommended for anyone who is experiencing problems with their teeth to look into all of their restorative options that can save their teeth from being lost. There have been many advances in the dental industry over recent years, which makes it easier than ever for someone to restore the damaged teeth.
The root canal procedure explained
A root canal procedure is performed in order to remove the infection from a damaged tooth. Once the infection is removed the tooth is no longer in jeopardy of being lost. If the tooth has sustained a lot of damage it will not be as strong as before the infection took place. In order to make them stronger, a dentist will often recommend a dental crown to cover the tooth.
Below is an explanation of what someone can expect when undergoing the root canal procedure.
The dentist will take X-rays of the tooth, which allows them to see exactly what is going on in and around the infected tooth.
The dentist will give the patient a local anesthetic or any anesthesia options that were discussed prior to the procedure.
3. Removing the infection
The dentist will create a tiny hole in the crown of the tooth. Through this hole, they will use small dental tools to carefully and thoroughly remove the infected pulp from the tooth.
4. Cleaning and disinfecting
The dentist will then clean and disinfect the area, making sure to completely remove all of the infection so it does not return.
5. Filling the hole
The dentist will then use a special dental material to fill the hole, protecting the tooth from anything else that can get inside of it and cause it more harm.
6. Restoration placement
The dentist will provide the patient with the restoration treatment they previously discussed, which more often than not is a dental crown. The restoration placement will be performed on a second visit, with the amount of time in between visits determined by the dentist.
Ready to schedule your root canal procedure?
The sooner you schedule your root canal procedure, the better. The longer you wait to have your damaged tooth treated, the higher your chances of actually losing that tooth. As you can see by the above information, the root canal procedure is a simple one. Once you undergo all of the steps listed above your dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions, which you need to carefully follow so that you can expect a full and successful recovery from your root canal therapy.
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