Everything You Should Know About Root Canal Procedures

Posted by Family Smiles Dental Care Aug 22,2022

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Did your dentist recommend a root canal treatment? You are likely to have a damaged or infected tooth pulp. The pulp is a soft tissue that extends from the crown of your tooth to the tip of its root. When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, you are likely to experience pain.

We offer the best dental care to treat all your concerns. In this blog, we’re taking a look at what a root canal procedure is all about.

Why Is a Root Canal Necessary?

If your tooth’s nerve or pulp is damaged, it can allow bacteria in the pulp chamber to multiply. The longer you leave it untreated, the greater the chances of an abscessed tooth or infection are. These are situations when a tooth canal procedure is necessary. 

An infection may further lead to complications like:

  • Bone loss around the tooth
  • Swelling of the neck, face, and head
  • A hole that can cause drainage to the gums and skin

Here are a few signs when a root canal is needed:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity and pain if you consume hot or cold foods
  • Painful, swollen gums
  • Sharp pain when biting or chewing

What Does a Root Canal Procedure Involve?

A root canal procedure takes two to three visits to the dentist. Let’s take a look at the step-by-step breakdown of the process:

  • Our dentist will do an X-ray to assess the damaged area to check for any infections in the surrounding bones. She will then use anesthesia to numb the region to ensure you are comfortable during the process.
  • Next, the dentist will place a rubber dam to prevent saliva from dripping into the infected area.
  • In the third step, the infected or damaged root will be removed and cleaned using water and sodium hypochlorite, before sealing the tooth.
  • When you return for your next visit, you will be fitted with a crown, filling, or other alternatives to restore your smile.

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