Root Canal Treatment Q & A
Most people have heard of a root canal, but not everyone knows exactly what this procedure entails. You might need a root canal if you have damage, swelling, or infection in the pulpy interior of the root of a tooth.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
Numerous problems can require a root canal as the solution, such as a major cavity in that tooth or an injury that caused damage to the root. It could also be the solution to a crack in the tooth or ongoing dental work to that same tooth. Root canals are often used to save teeth and avoid extractions. Dr. Negelow needs to perform this treatment if there is a risk of advanced decay requiring removal, or something is causing problems with the pulp of the tooth. Damage to the interior of the tooth is not always visible, so Dr. Negelow uses X-rays to monitor the interior health of the teeth.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
First, Dr. Negelow numbs the area surrounding the tooth to minimize any pain and discomfort that may be experienced during the procedure. Then, he creates an opening in the tooth to reach the pulpy interior. He uses specialty tools to remove unhealthy pulp and to clean out the infected area. He shapes the canal to prep it for filling and then fills the area with a material that prevents any infection from returning. He finishes it with a permanent filling or a crown that covers the tooth to protect it from further damage.
How Do I Take Care of a Root Canal?
Once your tooth has been fully restored, all that is required to care for it is good oral hygiene, including twice daily brushings, daily flossing and regular checkups and cleanings. It is also important to avoid chewing on hard foods, such as ice, that can cause teeth to crack and break.
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