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Endodontic treatment is more commonly known as a Root Canal. This is often met with trepidation, but it shouldn’t be. The process is not designed to cause pain, but to relieve it. No one likes tooth pain, and a root canal will help clear the infection and bring about much-needed relief.
What is root canal therapy?
To understand it, let’s examine how a tooth is structured.
Inside the tooth is a hard layer called dentin, and within this there is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp of your tooth contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. This combination creates the surrounding hard tissues of the tooth during development. After a tooth is fully grown, the pulp is no longer needed. In a root canal procedure, the pulp is removed because it has become infected. An Infection may have developed due to a variety of reasons, including deep decay, repeated dental work, an impact injury, or cracked or chipped teeth. If this is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Do I need a root canal procedure?
Drs. Gregorin can help you determine if a root canal is necessary. Some signs may include:
- sensitivity to hot or cold
- touch or chewing sensitivity
- darkening around the tooth
- lymph node tenderness
- soreness in the bone
- tenderness in the gum tissue
Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms.
How is a Root Canal performed?
The dentist will remove the infected pulp and then will carefully clean the inside of the canal. This will aid in pain relief. We will then fill your root with a rubber material that seals the space. Most of the time, a dental crown is necessary following a root canal because the strength of the tooth has been compromised. After the restoration is complete, the tooth continues to function like normal.
You may experience sensitivity for the first few days following your procedure. This can be relieved with over the counter or sometimes prescription medications. Make sure you follow our after-care instructions carefully.