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Root Canal

Root Canal

A root canal is one of the most routine dental procedures performed, and this simple treatment can help salvage your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges. It is almost painless and often leaves you with less distress during recovery than your natural tooth extracted. All thanks to modern techniques and adequate anesthesia, patients who undergo root canals are more likely to describe it as a painless and more stress-free procedure.

When you go through a root canal treatment, the inside of the tooth is prudently cleaned and disinfected after the inflamed or infected pulp is removed. The treated tooth is then filled and sealed with a medicated material. Subsequently, the tooth is strengthened with a crown or filling for protection and will continue to function like any other tooth. Root canal treatment is an exceedingly effective procedure and usually lasts a lifetime, although, at times, a tooth will have to be treated for new infections.

How do you know if you need a root canal?

  • A tooth, when cracked or chipped, can expose the nerves beneath the tooth's surface, thus causing an infection. An infected tooth requires a root canal to prevent further infection and pain.
  • If your tooth experiences sensitivity to hot and cold foods, it is cause for worry. A root canal is needed to fix the problem with your sensitive tooth.
  • An infection could be the cause of painful, swollen, and inflamed gums. In such cases, a root canal is necessary to treat inflamed gums' if they don't improve with antibiotics.
  • If a cavity has been ignored for too long, it will spread down into the nerve and the tooth's root. In such a situation, a root canal is likely the only option for repair before the patient is fitted with a crown.

What are the key benefits of Root Canal Therapy?

  • Toothache from severe dental cavities can be pretty terrible. A person suffering from severe tooth pain may not even be able to function normally. He will suffer from sleepless nights because of the pain, and a root canal will get him to get rid of all the pain and uneasiness.
  • A root canal is done to a tooth to save it from extraction. This means that instead of losing your teeth permanently, you get to retrieve them and enjoy their full function in the mouth. During a root canal procedure, the pulp tissue is extracted, relieving the patient of any pain. On completion of the root canal, the tooth will no longer be vital, but it can still remain in the mouth.
  • Tooth extraction is fixable. When you lose a tooth, you can get a prosthesis. The only problem is that removable and fixed prostheses cost a lot of money and can be more expensive than a root canal. Hence a root canal procedure can help save you from the extra expenses.
  • When a tooth is lost, many changes can occur if it is not replaced in the mouth. The teeth may drift and shift, the opposing teeth may supra erupt, and the bite may change as a result. Such variations may bring occlusion problems or even TMJ disorders.
  • A root canal will not only help in curing the pain and infection, but it will also help bring back your smile. With different alternatives, like crowns and fillings, you will be looking and feeling your best to finish the procedure. 

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