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Root Canal Treatment
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Things you may want to know about Root Canal Treatment

What is a root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure to treat infected or damaged pulp within a tooth. The pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels, is removed to alleviate pain and prevent further infection.

Why might I need a root canal treatment?

You may need a root canal if you have severe tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling or tenderness around the tooth, or a deep cavity. Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected or inflamed due to decay, trauma, or other dental issues.

Is a root canal painful?

Contrary to popular belief, root canal treatments are relatively painless. Modern anesthetics and advanced techniques ensure patients feel minimal discomfort during the procedure. The objective of a root canal is to alleviate the pain caused by an infected or damaged tooth.

How is a root canal treatment performed?

The procedure involves removing the infected or damaged pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth, and then filling and sealing the space. Your dentist will then restore the tooth, often with a crown, to protect and strengthen it.

What are the benefits of a root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment saves a tooth from extraction, preserves your natural smile, and restores normal biting and chewing functions. It eliminates pain, prevents infection from spreading, and helps maintain overall oral health.

How long does a root canal treatment take?

The length of the procedure can vary based on the tooth's complexity and the extent of infection. Typically, a root canal treatment can be completed in one or two appointments, with each appointment lasting about 1-2 hours.

Is a crown necessary after a root canal?

Yes, a crown is usually recommended after a root canal to protect and strengthen the treated tooth. A crown helps restore the tooth's function and appearance, ensuring it can withstand normal biting and chewing.

How successful is a root canal treatment?

Root canal treatments have a high success rate, often lasting a lifetime. Proper oral hygiene, regular dental check-ups, and following your dentist's instructions can contribute to the long-term success of the procedure.

Are there alternatives to a root canal treatment?

The main alternative to a root canal treatment is tooth extraction. However, it's generally recommended to preserve natural teeth whenever possible, making root canal treatment the preferred choice to save a damaged or infected tooth.

How can I care for my tooth after a root canal?

After a root canal, maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly. Attend follow-up appointments with your dentist and have any recommended restorations (like crowns) placed to ensure the treated tooth remains functional and healthy.

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