A “root canal” affects the inside of your tooth’s root, which contains a channel of nerves and blood supply.
When a cavity or fracture gets too deep, this can trigger an infection in the pulp of your tooth. The bacteria travel down the canal to escape the tooth, resulting in an abscess along the tip of the root.
At this point, your tooth can never be completely clean and strong on its own. Your dentist will recommend root canal therapy (RCT) to remove the infection and seal off the nerve chamber.
What to Expect From a Root Canal Procedure
Your dentist will first take an x-ray to determine the extent of the cavity. After careful treatment planning, the dentist will administer anesthesia and open up a small hole through the top of your tooth. He or she will use a file to reach as deep into the root to remove infected tissues.
The next step is cleaning and shaping the root canal with special tools and irrigators. Once that’s done, it’s time to pack the empty spaces with a filling material that helps guard against the roots developing another infection.
Finally, your tooth will need a crown to protect it, as the loss of the nerve can weaken its structure.
Does RCT Hurt?
You might be surprised to learn that having a root canal doesn’t hurt any more than getting a filling.
Sure, root canals come with a reputation for pain, but the untreated infection is one of the biggest reasons why. You now have access to multiple options and medication for making your dental procedures as comfortable as you please.
Do you suspect you need root canal therapy? Contact your dentist for more information and to schedule an evaluation.
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