A root canal is a dental treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or is infected. Root canal therapy can save a tooth and restore full functionality, without requiring a tooth extraction.

The pulp is soft tissue inside your tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels and provides nourishment for your tooth.

It can become infected if you have:

  • A deep cavity
  • Large restorations with underlying decay
  • A cracked or fractured tooth
  • Injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)

If untreated, the tissues around the root of your tooth can become infected. When this happens, you will often feel pain and swelling, and an abscess may form inside the tooth and/or in the bone around the end of the root of the tooth. An infection can also put you at risk of losing your tooth completely because bacteria can damage the bone that keeps your tooth connected to your jaw.

In the past, root canal therapy was dreaded by those who discovered it was the only hope to save a tooth. However, developments in treatment have improved the process so that it’s not nearly as daunting as it once was. Now, a root canal treatment is similar to a routine filling and usually can be completed in a couple of appointments, depending upon the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. Getting a root canal is relatively painless and extremely effective.

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When undergoing a root canal or other endodontic treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled, and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. After the root canal therapy is completed, a permanent filling or crown is usually placed over the tooth, to protect the tooth and allow for safe and full function of the tooth without the risk of further damage, requiring additional treatment. After root canal treatment, your tooth, and the area around it may feel sensitive for a few days. 

If a root canal is recommended to save your tooth and you delay treatment, there is risk of infection spreading to the bone surrounding your tooth and this may even lead to loss of tooth. 

With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a long time. Factors contributing to longevity of root canal treatment include how soon the procedure was performed after symptoms began, or evidence of infection was discovered. The sooner you see Dr S at Layton Lakes Dental, the faster appropriate treatment can be done, to save your teeth and prevent any additional dental issues from developing.

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