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What is a Root Canal?
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A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a damaged tooth or badly infected tooth. The procedure calls for the removal of the damaged “pulp”, cleaning, and then disinfecting it. After these three steps, the tooth will be filled and sealed. The pulp becomes infected when you have a deep cavity, cracked tooth, trauma, or repeated dental treatment to the tooth. The term “root canal” comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth’s root. If you feel like you need a root canal contact us immediately, this isn’t a procedure you want to push off as it will only cause you more pain.

What to expect in a root canal procedure

There will be multiple office visits included in your preparation and procedure of the root canal. These are the most common steps in the process:

1. X-Rays

If your dentist suspects you need a root canal he will take x-rays or examine previous x-rays to determine where the decay is located.

2. Anesthesia

A local anesthesia is administered to the affected tooth.

3. Pulpectomy

An opening is made in the tooth and the decayed tooth pulp is removed.

4. Filling

The roots that were opened are filled with gutta-percha material and sealed off with cement.

Tips for After the Procedure

The tooth that received treatment can be very sore after your procedure but it’s important to make sure it is properly cared for to ensure it last a lifetime. Root canals tend to have a high success rate with patients! Here are a few tips to help ease your recovery and care for your teeth after a root canal:

1. Avoid chewing on any hard or sticky foods.

Anything that is too hard can cause your tooth to break which will harm the root canals. Avoid sticky foods to prevent any future issues.

2. Good oral hygiene.

Make sure you are brushing your pearly whites twice a day and flossing them at least once.

3. Visit the dentist regularly.

If you feel too much pain or discomfort in your mouth contact your doctor. Also be sure to schedule regular appointment for cleanings and examinations.

If you are feeling pain in your mouth, contact a dentist as soon as possible. A root canal could save your tooth and endodontic treatment helps maintain your natural smile. Call us today to set up an appointment for a diagnosis or a root canal (801) 432-8200!

Posted:  3/28/2016 2:03 PM
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