So, what is a root canal and how can a root canal dentist help make the procedure as easy as possible?
Because in reality, a root canal receives a bad rap due to the unknown circumstances surrounding the process – leaving it to imagination and hearsay to craft most opinions. With a little research and knowledge, anyone can see there is nothing to be afraid of, and going through with the procedure is far better than ignoring it all together- leaving you and your teeth to then really suffer.
First of all, everyone knows that tooth decay is unfavorable, and can cause serious problems in the near and long term if not handled properly. A root canal repairs teeth that are so decayed that they have become infected. Each tooth’s nerve and pulp reside in the root canal, and thus need to be removed during the process; after which, the tooth is cleaned and then sealed.
So, who needs a root canal? If you have any of the following symptoms, you may be a candidate: extreme toothache when pressure is applied your teeth either through chewing or clenching; inability to tolerate hot or cold temperatures and lingering sensitivity even when teeth are no longer in contact with the culprit; or a darkening of a tooth and/or swelling of the gums.
The Root Canal Procedure
Situation of a broken tooth.
The inner part of the tooth, called the pulp, has been affected due to a large cavity in this example. The infection has extended beyond the root and created bone destruction at the apex (tip of the root).
Small files are used to remove the decayed areas and any remaining pulp. This can be done using a specialized drill.
The canal can then be filled with a rubbery material injected into the canal with specialized instrumentation
This is done in all the canals.
If any of the above symptoms sound familiar, it is important to take the next step towards finding a Beverly Hills dentist who can assist in getting you pain free. Because like any medical or dental procedure, putting it off when you know it is necessary is only going to lead to prolonged discomfort; and will almost certainly mean more costly and extensive repair down the road.
So, look at a root canal as a new beginning. Comprised of an x-ray to determine whether or not there is in fact an infection present, a local anesthetic is given to numb your tooth’s surrounding area, and remove the debris and decayed nerve tissue in order to provide a thorough cleaning. The root canal procedure is fairly straightforward, and really is nothing to be fearful of. After all has been completed, the tooth needs to be sealed, but doing so might lead up to a week after the initial operation if medication is prescribed to clear up an infection.
In the end, you will be left with a tooth that is not only free of decayed nerves, but pain! Once you have completed your root canal, you may want to consider taking the next step towards restoration; opting for a dental crown to solidify and beautify your troubled tooth.
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