ROOT CANAL

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental treatment performed to heal an infected or decayed tooth. During a root canal, the tooth’s nerve and pulp get removed. Once completed, the inside of the affected tooth gets thoroughly cleaned and sealed to prevent further infection or decay. A tooth doesn’t need the nerve in the center of it, and removing the pulp of the tooth doesn’t change a tooth’s function.

Why does a dentist recommend a root canal?

If the pulp of a tooth or its nerve becomes damaged, bacteria form in the tooth’s pulp. These bacteria might turn into an infection or abscess, and can lead to health problems such as:

  • Swelling that moves to the neck, face, or head
  • Loss of bone around the root of the tooth
  • Drainage of the infection coming from the root

What causes a root canal to be needed?

Tooth decay tops the list of reasons for needing a root canal. Other reasons for needing this procedure include:

  • Needing a large filling
  • Having numerous dental procedures
  • Damage that occurs to the tooth
  • Facial trauma

What happens during a root canal?

An x-ray is taken to let our dentists get a better view of the tooth’s roots. Infected areas are anesthetized to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. The dentist next places a rubber sheet around the tooth to keep it dry. A hole is drilled into the tooth, which allows the infection to be cleaned out of the tooth. Once the root of the tooth gets cleaned, filed, and flushed out, it is treated with medication, if necessary, and sealed.

The dentists and staff at Avenue Smiles offer affordable, warm, and welcoming dental treatment with a concerned, involved team. Contact Avenue Smiles today to schedule your next dental appointment and consult us about having a root canal.

ROOT CANAL

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental treatment performed to heal an infected or decaying tooth. During a root canal, the tooth’s nerve and pulp get removed. Once completed, the inside of the affected tooth gets thoroughly cleaned and sealed to prevent further infection or decay. A tooth doesn’t need the nerve in the center of it, and removing the root of the tooth doesn’t change a tooth’s function.

Why does a dentist recommend a root canal?

If the pulp of a tooth or its nerve becomes damaged, bacteria form in the tooth’s pulp. These bacteria might turn into an infection or abscess and might cause such health problems as:

  • Swelling that moves to the neck, face or head.
  • Loss of bone around the root of the tooth.
  • Drainage of the infection coming from the root.

A tooth doesn’t need the nerve in the center of it, and removing the root of the tooth doesn’t change a tooth’s function.

What causes a root canal to be needed?

Tooth decay tops the list of reasons for a root canal. Different reasons for needing this procedure include:

  • Needing a large filling.
  • Having numerous dental procedures.
  • Damage that occurs to the tooth.
  • Facial trauma.

What happens during a root canal?

An x-ray is taken to let our dentists get a better view of the tooth’s roots. Infected areas dare anesthetized for your comfort. The dentist next places a rubber sheet around the tooth to keep it dry. A hole drilled into the tooth allows infection to be cleaned out of the tooth. Once the root of the tooth gets cleaned, filed and flushed out, it is treated with medication, if necessary, and sealed.

The dentists and staff at Avenue Smiles offer affordable, warm and welcoming dental treatment with a concerned, involved team. Contact Avenue Smiles today to schedule your next dental appointment and consult us about having a root canal.

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