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Root Canals: A Step-By-Step Guide

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Dentistry

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Root canals have a long-standing reputation of being a difficult and dreaded procedure, but millions are successfully and easily treated with root canals every year.

So what are root canals exactly? A root canal is a procedure performed on a tooth that has an inflamed or infected pulp. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains blood vessels, nerves, and tissues that nourish the tooth during development. The pulp can become infected by decay, a crack or a chip, trauma to the teeth, or even repeated dental procedures.

Signs of a tooth in need of a root canal are tenderness to the touch, discoloration, swelling, drainages, tenderness of the surrounding gum and bone, and sensitivity to heat and cold. Should you be experiencing any of these symptoms you may need treatment.

The treatment focuses on the removal of the infected pulp. Your dentist will carefully clean the inside of the tooth, fill the space, and seal the tooth with either a crown or another restoration. During the procedure you should feel no pain and after you may feel some sensitivity.

Root canals are an effective way to save the tooth from needing complete replacement. Saving the tooth is always the best option before considering extraction. Your dentist and endodontist will be work together to develop the best root canal treatment for your needs.

Feb
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Alligators and Dental Science?

Did you know alligators can replace each of their teeth up to 50 times in their life? Humans are unique among vertebrates for being able to replace our teeth only once. But new insights into how alligators replace their teeth may help stimulate the same process in ours. Professor Cheng-Ming Chuong, M.D., Ph.D., has discovered […]

Feb
24

Fruits for Whiter Teeth?

Recently hailed as an inexpensive and organic alternative to teeth whitening, fruit concoctions have arisen as the new way to get those pearly whites. But is there any truth to all these claims? A study at the University of Iowa points to “No”. Associate Professor So Ran Kwon tested homemade strawberry-baking soda mix, over the […]

Feb
16

BPA Exposure Affects Young Teeth

From the moment they erupt in our mouths as children, our teeth play a major part in our lives. As such, it’s essential to care for them well during childhood and continuing into adulthood. In a recent study done with lab rats, it was found that when teeth were exposed to BPA, “there were multiple […]

Oct
28

Wax On vs. Wax Off

If you’ve ever shopped for dental floss – and you really should – you may have noticed that there are two varieties of nylon floss sold: waxed and unwaxed. Although most people prefer the sturdiness of floss coated in wax, many find that the added layer of wax can sometimes be difficult to comfortably fit […]

Oct
23

What Your Bone Type Could Mean For Dental Implant Treatment

“It depends.” That’s probably an answer you will often hear if you’re considering getting dental implants. This is because there are so many things to consider when placing a dental implant. One of the many considerations that your dentist needs to take into account before placing a dental implant is what type of bone you […]

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