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Root Canals

Root CanalPainful Pulp

Your teeth contain several layers: the outer protective enamel, a secondary layer of sensitive dentin, and an inner pulp that contains components commonly referred to as the “nerve” of the tooth. Each pulp chamber branches off, forming canals that lead toward the tooth root tip. These infamous root canals provide a means for the tooth to absorb what it needs from the blood and get rid of toxins or other unnecessary materials via the blood stream. A deep cavity, traumatic injury, or tooth fracture can make the canal susceptible to bacterial infection, which can kill the pulp, stimulate increased blood flow, and create pressure within the tooth. This can cause severe tooth pain and may initiate bone degeneration, tooth loss, and even more acute pain. If you see a dentist in the earliest stages of this condition, the tooth may be saved with a root canal. Otherwise, it should be extracted and replaced with a prosthetic (bridge, partial, or implant).
Easy Does It
Will root canal therapy hurt? Not with today’s advanced analgesics and technology. In fact, the entire process can be so comfortable that many patients doze off. Oftentimes, root canal therapy can be completed in a single appointment. We simply clean out the diseased canal, fill it with a biologically inert substance, seal it from further infection, and you’re on your way. While some patients experience post-procedural soreness or slight tissue inflammation, these are controllable with over-the-counter analgesics. Follow-up care involves thorough home hygiene and regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups.

 

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Common Questions

The root canal is a part of a tooth’s anatomy. Deep inside a tooth is a hollowed chamber that contains nerve endings and dental pulp. This portion of a tooth is called a root canal. When teeth are badly damaged by cracks, chips, or severe decay, the root canal can become infected. An infected root canal threatens the vitality of a tooth and can ultimately affect the health of the entire oral cavity if professional treatment is not received. Moreover, an infected root canal is painful since nerve endings become inflamed by harmful bacteria.

Root canal treatment is endodontic in nature and literally saves a tooth from surgical removal. When infected root canals are treated in a timely manner, patients can retain their biological tooth rather than suffer with tooth loss. Treating a diseased root canal involves a minimally invasive, same-day procedure where our dentist will access the root canal via the base of the dental injury or cavity. Once accessed, the contents of the root canal including the dental pulp and nerve ending are extracted. After the root canal is emptied of its contents, it is sterilized and sealed to protect the tooth from further damage.

Recovering from a root canal does not take much time at all. Most people resume normal activities the day of or the day after treatment depending on their lifestyle. Some patients may require medication to manage post-operative discomfort and prevent infections.

When performing root canal therapy, our dentist will use local anesthetics, which are injected throughout the treatment site to numb the area. Nitrous oxide gas might also be administered to help ease patients’ minds. The overwhelmingly majority of patients do not feel sensations much different from what they feel when receiving a filling, which is slight pressure.

Costs of root canal treatment vary based on the tooth being treated and if patients require additional treatments such as the placement of restorations. Additionally, one’s costs will differ depending on whether dental insurance is used.

 
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