Root Canal (Endodontics)
The area of a dental practice that covers the nerves of teeth is called endodontics. The most well-known dental procedure in the field of endodontics is the root canal. A tooth can become infected, and it is often related to the nerves in the tooth’s root. When this happens, it is necessary for the infected nerves to be removed because if left untreated, it can turn into an abscess. This can be a serious problem and can lead to bone loss in your jaw.
The process of a root canal starts with numbing the area around the affected tooth. Next, your dentist will drill into the tooth to create an opening into the nerve canal. Once the hole is created, the infected tissue is removed and the dentist will clean the canal. The hole is then filled with a sealant (gutta percha), and the tooth is fit with a crown. The crown will improve how the tooth looks, and it will help make the root canal successful.
We understand that a “root canal” can be scary to hear coming from your dentist, but advancements in the dental field have made the procedure much less scary in recent years. In most cases, a root canal can be performed with little to no pain as a result of anesthetics and pain medication. Additionally, over the counter painkillers are usually enough to help solve any pain after the procedure. When the root canal is completed, you will be free of any pain caused by the infection.
If you are experiencing any pain that you suspect may be in your gums or nerves, consult your dentist immediately.
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