Dentistry Decoded: Root Canals

Dentistry Decoded: Root Canals


“Root canal.” Those two words may cause you to cringe. But with today’s technology and anesthetics
the process is relatively painless, just like your tooth will be
after it’s done. So let’s learn what you can expect when you
visit your dentist for a root canal procedure. The root canal is the space inside your tooth
where the blood vessels and nerves sit. When the nerve is damaged or infected,
it causes pain. First, your dentist will use an anesthetic
to make the entire affected area numb. Your dentist will then remove the inflamed
tissue, and clean and shape the inside of the root canal. Finally, she’ll fill and seal the canal
with a temporary filling or crown. For a few days, you may
feel some sensitivity, which can be relieved with
over-the-counter medication. You’ll return within a few weeks to have a
permanent filling or crown placed. And the best news: with proper care,
you won’t have to worry about that tooth causing
you any further pain. For more information on root canals,
visit our website.

Author: Kevin Mason

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