To best understand why a root canal treatment is needed, it’s a good idea to understand the basic anatomy of your teeth, which are made up of:
If your pulp is damaged, bacteria can get into the area and cause an infection or an abscess. Left untreated, these infections can become quite serious and cause bone loss around the root of your tooth, which effectively kills the tooth. Worse still, the infection can spread into your jawbone.
The main culprits of root canal issues are:
The biggest indicator of an issue in your pulp is pain, which can be moderate to severe, especially when you apply pressure to the area. Beyond the pain, you may also notice:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call to make an appointment at Soft Touch Dentistry to get to the bottom of the issue and start treatment.
When discussing a root canal treatment, it’s good to remember that the treatment is designed to relieve your pain, not cause you any. In fact, modern root canal treatments are as painless as getting a filling. A typical root canal treatment follows these steps:
The dentist performs these steps over the course of one to three treatments, depending on the severity of the problem and whether a crown is required. The staff at Soft Touch Dentistry outlines your procedure in advance so you know what to expect.
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