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Root Canal

3D rendered cross-section view of a tooth and its roots.A root canal is a treatment that removes the pulp from the tooth. The pulp consists of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues, which help in tooth growth. After the pulp removal, the dentist cleanses, sterilizes, fills, and seals the tooth. This procedure is less painful and helps to prevent tooth loss. The main source of pain and discomfort is an infection, not treatment. Before the operation begins, the dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding area with an anesthetic to ensure you don't feel any pain. You may experience some soreness after the treatment, which can be relieved with over-the-counter medications. Visit Lombard Smiles to schedule an appointment for a root canal process.

Who Requires a Dental Canal?

A root canal benefits people with damaged, irritated, or inflamed pulp. It's also suitable for those with a huge cavity, a cracked tooth, or problems with previous fillings. Bacteria infect the bone by destroying the pulp and entering the root apertures. This causes the bone to weaken and break down, causing the ligaments around the tooth to expand and loosen. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the mouth; if severe enough, tooth extraction may be required.

People with damaged pulp are affected by temperature fluctuations, especially when they drink hot or cold beverages. You may need a root canal if you have pain or discomfort while chewing or biting. People with discolored gums, inflamed gums, or pimples on their gums may benefit from a root canal. If you have severe toothaches, make an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist will diagnose any concerns you may have during your dental checkup and recommend the best treatment for you.

Root Canal Treatment

The technician will escort you to the treatment room when you arrive for your appointment at the dentist's office. With the technician's help, you will sit on the chair and wear a bib around your neck to protect your clothes from stains. The dentist will analyze the gums around the affected tooth to ensure that you do not experience any pain during the procedure.

Once the tooth has been numbed, your dentist makes a tiny incision on the top of your tooth to get rid of destroyed or injured pulp using a file. After the pulp is removed, the dentist administers antibiotics to the affected region to treat the infection entirely and reduce the chance of reinfection. The canals will next be sanitized and disinfected by the dentist. A rubber-like substance known as a sealer paste is used to fill and seal the tooth. The dentist will fill the little hole in the tooth's top with a soft temporary material. The material prevents saliva from harming the canals.

Make an appointment with your dentist several days after the root canal procedure. The dentist will perform tests to make sure the area around the affected tooth isn't contaminated. Do not chew or bite with the injured tooth until it is completely filled—Visit Lombard Smiles to inquire more about a root canal. Call us today (503) 206-0550 for an appointment booking.
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