When Might I Need a Root Canal?
Your dentist might recommend a root canal when the root of the tooth becomes infected.
Often, this happens because a small chip or crack in the tooth has allowed decay below the surface.
Over time, this threatens the health of the tooth. Other times, root canals are needed after a tooth becomes injured.
In either of these cases, it is important to schedule your root canal as soon as possible.
These issues can lead to serious tooth pain or losing the tooth. A root canal is very effective in saving a tooth.
What is a Root Canal?
Root Canal Therapy is a procedure that is performed by our office, if needed to alleviate pain or infection. Most common reasons for root canal therapy are decay and fracture.
In some cases, the dentist may refer you to a specialist called an endodontist to complete more complicated cases.
Modern dental advances have made root canals nearly painless. They are often completed in approximately an hour.
A local anesthetic is applied to keep you comfortable.
The dentist will begin by cleaning the tooth and clearing away all forms of debris.
A hole is drilled into the tooth down to the root.
Finally, a material is inserted through the hole that seals the root, which prevents further infection or damage.
Importantly, the root canal is never the last stage of treatment.
After a root canal, the tooth must be secured by a crown. A temporary crown will be put into place initially.
After a few weeks, your dentist will put a permanent crown into place to protect the long-term health of the tooth.
Schedule your Root Canal with Shah Dentistry
Root canals are safe and often pain-free procedures that are extremely effective at saving damaged or infected teeth.
If your dentist has recommended a root canal, do not wait – schedule it as soon as possible.
The experienced professionals at our practice are ready to serve your needs. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!
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