Everything You Need to Know About Root Canals

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What is a Root Canal?

What do you know about root canals? They tend to have a bad reputation and are well-known for being painful.

But that isn’t always the case. A root canal is a dental procedure that removes the infected pulp from a tooth. A root canal is usually needed when there is inflammation or infection in the roots of the tooth. A root canal procedure includes cleaning out, disinfecting, and sealing off the tooth’s root canal.

During a root canal procedure, you can expect a few things. First off, your dentist will numb the area to prevent pain during the procedure. Your dentist will then drill a hole in the tooth to access the decay and infected pulp. Using tools, they will remove the infection from the canal. Once the decay has been completely cleaned out, the tooth will then be filled with a dental filling and fitted with a customs seal.
It’s a common belief that root canals are painful—but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. In fact, putting off getting a root canal done when you need one, is likely much more painful.

Causes of Root Canals

Root canals are often caused by tooth decay or trauma. If tooth decay has reached the inner lays of the tooth, it will need to be removed with a root canal procedure. Trauma usually comes in the form of cracks and chips. Serious trauma can cause decay or infection that would leave you needing a root canal.

Root Canal Prevention

To prevent root canals, practice good oral hygiene. Be sure that you are brushing twice daily with a toothpaste that contains fluoride, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings and fluoride treatments. These habits will ensure better oral health and help you avoid the need for a root canal.

Signs You Need a Root Canal

Think you may need a root canal? Experiencing tooth pain is the most common symptom, but that could be a sign of many different problems. Look for these signs swelling in the gums, darkening of the gums, around the infected area, pimple-like bumps near the infected area, extreme tooth pain when chewing, and sensitivity to hot and cold

If you have seen any of these symptoms in your mouth, contact us at Fort Union Family Dental. Our team has years of experience—we are dedicated to ensuring that your root canal procedure is as effective and comfortable as possible. We’ll have you healed up and smiling again in no time! Come in and see us for a consultation anytime.