Teeth have a hard layer that we see on the outside of each tooth and a central portion or pulp that contains the blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues that support the health of the tooth. The pulp is found in channels or canals that extend from the center of the tooth to the root and jaw. Sometimes, the pulp can become infected or damaged by trauma. A root canal procedure uses special tools and techniques to removed the damaged pulp and reinforce the tooth so it doesn’t have to be pulled.
Root canals are performed in a similar manner as a “routine” filling in the exterior portion of the tooth, but they use special tools and techniques to access and remove the central pulp. Prior to the procedure, the tooth will be thoroughly numbed and a drill will be used to provide access to the pulp portion of the tooth. After the damaged pulp is removed, the canal will be cleaned of debris, then sealed and filled with a special material. A crown will be placed on the tooth to strengthen it and to protect it from further damage.
Today’s pain management techniques are designed to help patients remain comfortable and relaxed throughout the procedure, and afterward, any residual discomfort can be managed with pain relievers.
Unless a tooth is so badly damaged that it cannot be saved, it’s usually always better to avoid an extraction and preserve the natural tooth. Teeth are designed to work together to create a balanced bite that supports and enhances normal function and optimal oral health. When a tooth is pulled, it increases the risks of uneven tooth wear, jaw strain and eventually, additional tooth damage and even tooth loss. Preserving the natural tooth also preserves the bite balance and helps to prevent these issues from occurring. Plus, a root canal is usually less costly than having an extraction followed by a denture, implant or bridge.
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