Save Your Tooth with a Root Canal: The Ultimate Lifesaver for Your Smile!

Save Your Tooth with a Root Canal: The Ultimate Lifesaver for Your Smile!

Posted by Merit Dental on Jan 17 2023, 09:18 PM

A root canal procedure is a dental treatment designed to save a severely damaged or infected tooth. It involves removing the pulp, which is the soft tissue within the tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels. Now, I know what you're thinking – doesn't removing the pulp mean losing all feeling in my tooth? Not quite!

The truth is, once your adult teeth have fully developed, they can survive without the pulp because they receive nourishment from surrounding tissues. So, while it's true that removing the pulp eliminates sensitivity to hot and cold sensations, rest assured that it won't affect your tooth's overall functionality.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

If you're experiencing persistent toothache or sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures accompanied by swelling or tenderness around the affected area, don't hesitate! Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible so they can evaluate whether a root canal procedure is needed. Root canals may have an intimidating reputation, but rest assured that modern techniques have made them much more comfortable than ever before. Your dentist will ensure proper anesthesia during the procedure so that you feel little-to-no discomfort throughout.

How Is a Root Canal Performed?

When it comes to saving a tooth that has been severely damaged or infected, a root canal procedure may be necessary. This dental treatment is done to remove the infected pulp from inside the tooth and prevent further damage or infection.

The first step in performing a root canal is numbing the area around the affected tooth with local anesthesia. This ensures that you will be comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Once you are numb, your dentist will create a small access hole in the top of the tooth to reach the pulp chamber and canals. Using specialized tools, your dentist will carefully remove all of the infected pulp tissue from inside the tooth. This includes cleaning out any bacteria or debris that may be present. The canals are then shaped and disinfected to prepare for filling. 

After thoroughly cleaning and shaping the canals, your dentist will fill them with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. This material helps seal off and protect against any future infections. In some cases, a temporary filling may be placed until a permanent restoration, such as a crown, can be made. Once completed, your treated tooth should feel much better than before! However, it's important to remember that every individual's experience may vary slightly depending on their specific case. Undergoing a root canal procedure is an effective way to save an infected or damaged tooth from extraction. By removing infection and restoring strength through proper sealing of canals with gutta-percha material, this dental treatment allows you to maintain natural function while preserving your smile for years to come!

Please do reach out to us on call or by scheduling an online consultation with our dental professionals, and we'll be glad to assist you further.

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