What is a Root Canal and Do You Need One?

February 2, 2018 by silvadds20170
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The reason for a root canal is to save a tooth that is severely infected. Dentists perform the procedure to remove bacteria and dead tissue from inside the tooth, due to injury of the tooth or an untreated cavity. Oral pain may derive from many different issues of the mouth and jaw, but a root canal is needed for a specific type of tooth problem.

There are several reasons why a patient may come and see us needing root canal treatment.

  • Pain in the tooth is the most common symptom.
  • An abscessed tooth which results when the soft area of the tooth or pulp dies and a pus pocket forms.
  • A deep cavity goes far into the tooth and reaches the pulp area.
  • Trauma to the tooth that can result from a hard hit to the teeth.
  • Fractures that extend into the pulp area of the tooth.

A root canal is a great option for most patients because it can save your tooth. Our treatment begins with the removal of the pulp and the chamber and canals are then filled and sealed so that infection or bacteria can’t enter.

Once a root canal procedure has been completed by your dentist, proper care is essential in order to retain good oral health. The following points are tips to caring for a root canal.

  • Practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and floss at least once.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.
  • Avoid chewing on hard foods or this can cause damage to your root canal or your teeth to break.

What once was seen as a big reason to not visit your dentist because of the high pain level, technology and techniques have helped root canals evolve into more comfortable treatments. Call Dr. Bruce Silva and schedule an appointment today to see if you may be a candidate for a root canal.


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