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Root Canals Explained

If you have never had a root canal procedure before, you may be curious what it actually is. Essentially, a root canal procedure will remove a part of a decayed tooth in order to “save” the tooth from further decaying or extraction.

According to the American Association of Endodontists, the “pulp” of a tooth – that is, the inside of a tooth that helps it to grow – is removed during a root canal. However, the tooth will still be able to survive! Once the tooth grows fully, it can survive on the surrounding tissue.

How do you know if you need a root canal? One of the telling signs is sensitivity to hot and cold. If you feel a painful sensation when eating or drinking, you may benefit from a root canal procedure. A root canal can help with a decayed tooth, cracked tooth, or a tooth that has otherwise been damaged. Of course, another telling sign that you may benefit from a root canal is a toothache!

When you hear others describe the root canal procedure, some may describe it as painful. While that could be true, in most cases it is the opposite. So long as you opt for anesthesia during the procedure, your dentist will be able to make it relatively painless.

Lastly, the effects of a root canal will take some time to get used to, but do not fear – you can resume normal daily activities almost immediately after. While you may still feel the numbness from the anesthesia, that will wear off shortly after the procedure is complete.

Typically, you will need to return to the dentist within a weeks’ time to have the crown placed. A crown is basically a cap that will guard the tooth. A crown is able to look indistinguishable from a real tooth. Once the crown is placed, the procedure is officially complete.

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