Do you have painful toothaches? Has your dentist told you that you have infected root canals? If you are nodding your head to these questions, you will likely require root canal treatment. This type of procedure is endodontic, meaning that treatment involves addressing infections and damage that affect the inside of teeth. Endodontics or the treatment of root canals can literally prevent the need for the removal of a diseased or damaged tooth and improve a patient’s quality of life and oral function. Following is some helpful information about root canal therapy and how it can benefit you.
What are root canals?
Root canals are chambers located inside the roots of teeth. A root canal houses nerve endings and cellular material called dental pulp. Since vital biological material and nerves are located in the root canal, an exposed and infected root canal can produce very painful symptoms for patients.
How does a root canal become infected?
A root canal, when exposed to bacteria and debris, cannot fend off infection. When a tooth is cracked, chipped, or deeply decayed, the root canal is no longer sealed off from harmful oral bacteria, which will infect the nerve endings and pulp.
What is involved in root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is a method of preserving a deeply damaged tooth. The procedure itself involves accessing the inside of the tooth and cleaning out the root canal. The nerve endings and pulp are removed and then the canal is sealed with a rubber compound called gutta-percha. This will protect the structural integrity of the tooth, prevent it from abscessing, and thwart the need for surgical extraction of the damaged tooth. In some cases, a restoration such as an inlay or crown may be necessary after treatment.
Since our dentists utilize effective local anesthetics, root canal treatment is not uncomfortable. In fact, our patients overwhelmingly report positive experiences—especially since endodontic therapy alleviates the painful symptoms associated with infected root canals.
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