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Rescue Your Tooth with Root Canal Therapy

A girl with tooth pain

TEETH ARE ALIVE, just like every other part of the body. That means they are susceptible to infection. Whenever an infection becomes severe enough, the decayed part must go or else all the surrounding tissue will be compromised as well, and your life will be at risk! That’s where a root canal comes in.

What is a root canal?

Root canals are procedures that get rid of an infection in a tooth without getting rid of the actual tooth. A root canal will not save your tooth because, by the time you need one, it’s too late for that. But it will allow you to keep your natural tooth.

How is a root canal procedure done?

We drill into your tooth to reach the infected pulp at its core. Next, we remove the pulp, leaving the tooth hollow. After space is flushed out, we fill the root with sealer and the crown with cement, and we cap the whole tooth off with an artificial crown. This procedure ensures that no more bacteria can get inside the tooth and minimizes the chances of the tooth breaking.

To get a better understanding of what’s involved in root canal treatment, check out the video below:

When do you need a root canal?

The way teeth become infected is through decay, cavities, or cracks from an injury, which means the infection is usually an avoidable problem. If you are brushing and flossing properly, your teeth are unlikely to reach a level of decay that allows bacteria to reach the living dental pulp inside them. However, some people are genetically more susceptible to tooth decay.
Infection can lead to an abscess at the tooth’s root or to the death of the pulp. If you have tooth decay extensive enough to require a root canal, you are probably experiencing significant pain in and around the infected tooth. With an abscess, there will also be swelling and inflammation. Tooth pain alone isn’t always a sign of an infection, but it’s worth having it checked out to make sure.
Other symptoms of tooth infection include:

  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Sensitivity to pressure (particularly when chewing)
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes under the jaw
  • Rush of foul-tasting fluid and pain relief if abscess drains

Avoid needing a root canal by keeping those teeth healthy!

Remember that preventing the problem is always better than needing a solution! Healthy teeth don’t need root canals, so keep brushing twice a day and flossing daily, and cut back on sugary drinks so that your teeth will stay healthy!
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