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Root Canal


Diagram of tooth showing tooth rootPulp is in the center of the tooth, the part made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. A root canal is a treatment that our dentist at Rush Creek Dentistry performs to repair a badly damaged tooth by removing the pulp instead of the whole tooth. The term comes from the procedure’s method of cleaning the canals inside a tooth’s root.

Do I Need A Root Canal?


The pulp is the soft core of the tooth. This area extends from the visible part of the tooth called the crown down to the tip of the tooth’s root in the jawbone. If your tooth has been cracked, chipped, or if you have a cavity, bacteria will be able to spread into the pulp of your tooth. Injury to your tooth will cause pulp damage and inflammation. Without treatment, the bacteria and decaying material will cause a serious infection or a tooth abscess. This will lead to pulp death, meaning loss of your tooth and bone structure. Signs that you may need a root canal include a hole in your tooth, tooth pain, gum swelling, swelling in your throat and face, as well as temperature sensitivity in your tooth.

What Will Happen During My Root Canal Procedure?


Your root canal will be performed by a general dentist or an endodontist. Your root canal will require two visits with dental professionals. During the first visit, x-rays will be taken to determine the extent of the decay. To protect you from radiation, a lead apron will be placed over your body. Next, a piece of hard plastic will be used to keep your mouth open and align the x-ray machine for a photo. Your dentist will stand behind a barrier to protect themselves. With these photos, your dentist will be able to effectively remove all decay. Your dentist will be able to access the pulp and remove the infected area using a laser, drill, air abrasion instrument, and small dental tools. If the infection has spread beyond the tooth, you may need a prescription antibiotic to finish clearing it up. Finally, the dentist will flush and clean out the area, then fill it temporarily. This will prepare you for your next appointment. The final stage of the root canal is removing the filling and placing a crown over the tooth. The chamber where the decay once was will need to be protected from future damage and returned to normal function. Root canals are only used when there is extensive damage so your treatment will likely include placing a crown over your tooth. Your new tooth cap will be made of gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal.

Where Can I Get This Procedure?


Some people fear getting a root canal because they are under the impression that it is a painful procedure. Our dentists will use local anesthetics and advanced dentistry to make sure that you remain as comfortable as possible. Most people will have little to no pain during their root canal procedure. Living without treatment with a decayed tooth would end up being far more painful. Additionally, root canal alternatives are invasive, including tooth extraction and replacing the tooth with a dental implant, bridge, or a removable partial denture. Allow our dental professionals at Rush Creek Dentistry to provide you with the best care for your root canal treatment. Call our office now by dialing 682-277-0535.
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