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What Happens During a Root Canal?

Posted on December 20th, 2012 by

Despite the commonly held belief that root canals are uncomfortable, the truth is these dental procedures have minimal discomfort and are extremely beneficial. A root canal procedure allows your dentist to resolve serious infection while saving the structure of the tooth. If a root canal procedure is recommended to you, talk to your dentist for more information and to ensure that any concerns you have are alleviated.
What Is A Root Canal?
A root canal is an endodontic procedure performed by a dentist to address deep decay inside the tooth. Advanced tooth decay, cracked teeth, or even periodontal disease can cause the inner portion of your tooth, called the pulp, to become infected. This infection is often the source of severe pain and will not heal on its own. Deep decay requires professional tretment to alleviate pain, treat the infection, and ultimately save your tooth. A root canal procedure allows your dentist to remove decay, strengthen the outer portion of your tooth with a crown, and prevent the need for extraction.
How Is A Root Canal Performed?
Before a root canal, you will receive a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort during the procedure. You may also have an additional form of sedation. During a root canal, your dentist will access the inner pulp through a hole drilled in the chewing surface of your tooth. He or she will remove the pulp and clean the root canals of your tooth of decay to ensure the infection has been completely treated. The now-hollow tooth will then be filled with a sealing substance to preserve its structure and internal stability. Once the tooth has been filled, an artificial crown is fitted to provide further strength and stability during everyday use, such as when chewing.
Root canal therapy can be performed painlessly and effectively by the skilled dentists at Art of Modern Dentistry . You will be pleased with the preservation of your healthy and natural smile. Call (312) 361-0683 to schedule an appointment today. To learn more about your general and cosmetic dentistry options, visit us on the web.
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