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Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure aimed at removing infection from the root of a tooth. The goal of this procedure is to save the natural tooth, rather than replacing it with a dental bridge or implant. In this post, we’ll discuss what happens during root canal treatment and why it’s important for restoring your oral health.

The Procedure Itself 

Root canal treatment involves removing the infected pulp from the inside of the tooth and cleaning out its canals. This is done by inserting small files into the canals and essentially “scraping” away any bacteria that has accumulated there. After cleaning out the canals, they are filled with a special substance called gutta-percha which seals off any remaining bacteria and prevents further infection.

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Why Is Root Canal Treatment Important? 

Root canal treatment is important because it eliminates bacteria from the infected root canal, prevents reinfection of the tooth, and saves your natural tooth. By cleaning out and sealing off the canals, you can be sure that your tooth won’t become further infected or cause other issues down the line. This means that you won’t have to worry about expensive dental bridges or implants in order to restore your oral health.

What Are The Benefits Of Root Canal Treatment? 

Root canal treatment has several benefits, including relieving pain caused by an infected or swollen pulp, preventing damage to surrounding teeth due to infection spreading, preserving your natural tooth structure so that you don’t have to replace it with a dental bridge or an implant, and saving money in comparison to other procedures such as extractions and implants. Additionally, root canal treatments are typically quick and comfortable procedures that can be completed in a single visit to your dentist or endodontist's office.

Does it hurt to get a root canal?

The thought of a root canal may be intimidating to some, but the truth is that it is usually no more painful than any other dental procedure. While undergoing treatment, anesthetic ensures that very little pain is felt during the procedure itself. After a root canal is complete, patients may experience sensitivity in their tooth, as well as soreness or numbness in the gum surrounding it. Some find that mild discomfort persists in the following days. If any pain or discomfort should arise during recovery, prescription medication or ibuprofen can often provide relief.

How do I know if I need a Root Canal?

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, chances are that you may need a root canal. Generally, these dental procedures are prescribed for cases in which an injury or genetics has caused a cracked tooth, a deep cavity has formed, or there are issues with previous fillings. Severe pain while biting or chewing and pimples or chafing on the gums can both be signs that a root canal is necessary. If your tooth is chipped or cracked, this could also mean you require this type of procedure. In addition to physical indications like these, many people seek help from their dentists when they experience lingering sensitivity to hot and cold even after it has been removed, when their gums become swollen and tender, or when darkening appears around the decay of their teeth.

In conclusion, root canal treatments are designed to eliminate bacteria from an infected root canal while also preserving the natural structure of your teeth. This quick and comfortable procedure helps relieve pain caused by an inflamed pulp while also preventing further damage due to infection spreading. When done properly, root canal treatment provides long-lasting relief from pain while also saving money over more invasive procedures such as extractions or implants. If you think that you may need a root canal procedure for one of your teeth, speak with Dr. Choi today about available options for treating it before any irreversible damage is done!

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