Root canals are a commonly misunderstood treatment that are often described as painful, even though that’s not exactly the case. With the latest advancements in the dental world, this treatment is pain-free and actually acts to eliminate your discomfort by curing common toothaches that are a result of infected pulp. To learn more about root canal therapy and why it’s crucial to receive this treatment, contact our office today!
The process of getting a root canal typically takes place over the course of two appointments. First, Dr. Salibian will access the inner, infected portion of your tooth and remove all of the damaged pulp. After sanitizing the inner chamber to ensure that no harmful bacteria linger, he will restore the structure and shape of your tooth using a flexible substance called gutta percha. Finally, we will take impressions of your treated tooth to make a dental crown for it. When the crown arrives, we’ll cement it over top, providing it with strength and protection.
The primary reason patients need root canals is due to tooth infections. These occur when cavities go untreated, allowing harmful oral bacteria access to the inner portion of your tooth where the pulp lies. Once infected by the bacteria, the pulp triggers a severely painful toothache that is a tell-tale sign that you require root canal therapy. Some other symptoms include a pimple-like bump on the gums, dental sensitivity, and swelling on the cheek.
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