A root canal is a procedure that will repair and save a tooth badly decayed or infected. This treatment involves removing the damaged area of the tooth and then filling it and sealing it with a dental material, which will restore the tooth's strength and protect it from cracking or breaking in the future. This procedure is commonly needed for teeth infected due to a cavity reaching the tooth's pulp. Once the damage from the cavity has been removed, the tooth's remaining structure will need to be restored to prevent tooth extraction. At Dream Smiles Dental, a root canal can help stop the infection from spreading and prevent the need for a tooth extraction. Dental sedation and anesthetics will make you feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure.
When Is a Root Canal Necessary?
When decay progresses deep into the tooth and reaches the pulp, it can cause infection and inflammation. If the decay is extensive and affects the pulp, a root canal may be required to remove the infected pulp and save the tooth.
Teeth that have experienced significant trauma, such as a fracture, crack, or injury, can damage the pulp. If the pulp becomes exposed or infected due to trauma, a root canal may be necessary to treat the damaged pulp and preserve the tooth.
An abscessed tooth occurs when the pulp becomes infected, forming a pocket of pus at the tooth's root. Abscessed teeth are often accompanied by severe pain, swelling, and a bad taste in the mouth. A root canal is typically performed to remove the infected pulp, drain the abscess, and eliminate the source of infection.
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