What is Root Canal Treatment?

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What is Root Canal Treatment?

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What is Root Canal Treatment?

Have you heard horror stories about getting a root canal? Well, most of them are urban legends. They aren’t real.

Root canal treatment is a way to fix a tooth that has been severely damaged by decay. It is a treatment done millions of times every week. Root canal treatment is simply is a way to fix a tooth that has been severely damaged by decay

What are Root Canals?

Root canals are tiny canals inside the tooth that contain the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth, which are the tooth pulp. A tooth has one to four canals. They nourish the tooth and allow it to feel heat, cold, or pain.

When a tooth has decay or infection, it can spread to the pulp and root canals. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also lead to similar problems.

Damaged Tooth Pulp

When the pulp is damaged, you may have a toothache or sensitivity. The spreading infection causes pus to build up inside the tooth, leading to an abscess. At this point, the tooth may “die” and is no more pain.

Root canal treatment is a safe and widely used procedure that removes the damaged pulp, eliminates the infection, cleans the canals, and injects plastic into the tooth. Before root canals, removing the tooth was the only option to eliminate the infection.

What is Involved in Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal dental treatments are done in one to three visits, each lasting about one hour. As always, everything is numb, and you do not feel anything.

On your first visit, your dentist will make a tiny hole directly into the pulp at the top of the infected tooth, remove the contaminated material, and clean and disinfect the canals.

When there is no infection, a plastic material fills the tooth canal, and a cap covers the hole drilled into the tooth. Finally, the dentist places a crown on the tooth.

While we prescribe antibiotics and pain medication, most of our patients who have undergone a root canal at Midtown Dentistry have had little discomfort and no pain.

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