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Root Canal

Root Canal

There are a number of reasons your dentist in St. George will recommend trying to save a person’s tooth from extraction. Root canals are a procedure that can make this possible. The most common endodontic treatment is a root canal.

Extracting a tooth and not replacing it can cause the teeth around it to shift. This can cause a problem when it comes to biting and chewing. It’s a situation that will make it more difficult for a person to clean their teeth. Areas in a person’s mouth that are not properly cleaned have an increased chance of developing gum disease. A root canal procedure is able to prevent these problems by saving a person’s natural tooth. This treats problems related to the soft inner pulp of the tooth and is required when nerve tissue inside the tooth degenerates.

Reasons For A Root Canal

Without root canal treatment, the infection in the tooth pulp can result in an abscess, even leading to jawbone damage. This can be caused by cavities, chipped teeth, cracked dental fillings, or injury to the teeth.

There are a number of different things that can damage the nerve or pulp of a person’s tooth. Pain caused by a chronic toothache may be successfully treated with a root canal. There are times when the pain is so severe it may cause people to experience serious headaches and more. An abscessed tooth that is dead can cause pain when people chew or put pressure on the tooth. This situation could cause significant swelling to occur in a person’s jaw, throat or cheek. It’s possible for root surfaces to become exposed because of gum recession. This can cause a person pain, but it can be relieved with a root canal. Tooth decay can go deep into a tooth and reach its pulp or nerve. This will cause a serious infection. The affected area can become inflamed and painful. A tooth that is fractured may also require a root canal if the fracture reaches deep into the nerve or pulp of a tooth.

Signs You Need A Root Canal

Some indications that you need a root canal are:

  • Tooth pain
  • Tender/swollen gums
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity to temperature.

If you have serious pain when eating or putting pressure on a particular tooth, they may need a root canal. Pain in a tooth and sensitivity to hot or cold that lasts long after the hot or cold material has been removed is another sign. There could be a pimple-like bump on your gums and near the area of the tooth pain. Darkening of the tooth is also a sign of the need for a root canal. There could also be swelling or tenderness in the gums near the area of the tooth pain.

Root Canal Procedure

A root canal treatment will take more than one visit to the dentist in St. George. For the procedure, your dentist will study the x-ray of the infected tooth. Then the tooth will be numbed, and a thin sheet of latex rubber is put on the tooth. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth. The pulp chamber is then accessed. The tooth’s nerve or pulp is removed. The canal is then cleaned and shaped. A medicine will be placed in the canal to remove bacteria. The canal is then filled with a material to seal it. A temporary filling is placed in the tooth to prevent any possible contamination. When the temporary filling is removed, a crown or filling is then used to strengthen the tooth.

You may feel some discomfort for a few days following a root canal. Never chew directly on the repaired tooth until its final restoration.

Benefits of a Root Canal

Tooth Loss Prevention

When a person does not get a necessary root canal, they may lose their tooth altogether. This will make it possible for a person’s teeth to wear down and their jaw to weaken. The cost involved with replacing a missing tooth can be very expensive. A root canal can help maintain a person’s teeth and improve their overall oral health.

Increase Tooth Strength

When a person has a tooth that is infected, it is very weak. When a person has a root canal, the weakened and infected nerve or pulp of the tooth is removed. The filler material is then put in the tooth and improves its strength. This will help avoid a tooth cracking or breaking when a person is eating.

Prevent Future Infections

The goal of a root canal is to remove any infection that is located in the root of a tooth. When the infection is removed, it will eliminate pain or any other types of symptoms a person is experiencing. Once an infection and inflammation are gone, a person will want to keep them from reoccurring. A root canal will remove a current infection and will also prevent the infection from returning.

Lasts A Lifetime

A person who has a necessary root canal will be able to maintain their natural smile and continue to eat any food they choose. When people take care of their teeth, the tooth that has had a root canal can last as long as a person’s other natural teeth.

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