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What Happens During a Root Canal?

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Root canal therapy has an unnecessarily bad reputation, when in reality root canals are performed regularly and are very similar to other therapeutic dental treatment. This more detailed procedure is an essential therapeutic method that preserves the life of your tooth. The procedure is needed once decay has expanded deep into the inner nerve chamber of your tooth.

The process of root canal therapy begins with removing the diseased tooth enamel (cavity) as well as the infected nerve. Some teeth have one root, while others have two or three. Depending on the number of roots and their shape, this may make the procedure longer or more tedious on certain teeth. Once the infected nerve has been removed, a filling material is placed within the nerve chamber, which extends down the length of the roots, sealing off the inside of the tooth to prevent recurrent infection. The top of the tooth is then prepared and an impression is taken for a permanent crown to be placed on the now non-vital tooth. This preserves structural integrity for everyday use.

So if root canals aren’t so bad, why do some people complain about them so much? The thing is, any type of dental therapy has the potential to be less than comfortable. After anesthesia wears off you may have some soreness near the injection site, or discomfort from having your mouth open for an extended amount of time. Applying alternating warm and cool compresses to the area as well as taking an over the counter anti-inflammatory (such as ibuprophen) is typically adequate to handle any temporary discomfort that is felt the day of or after your procedure.

Posted on behalf of Muccioli Dental


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