A root canal is a procedure that removes decay and damage in the central portion of the tooth called the pulp. The pulp is where tooth nerves and blood vessels that nourish the tooth are found. Sometimes, deep decay or trauma can damage this area of the tooth to an extent that a simple filling is not enough to perform a good repair. Root canal uses special techniques and materials to address these deep issues and help preserve the natural tooth.
Root canals are performed in much the same way as a traditional drilling before a cavity is filled, but they use special tools to reach deeper into the tooth for more extensive damage. Once the decay or damaged area is removed, the canal is filled and sealed. Sometimes, an onlay or crown will be placed over the tooth to provide additional protection.
Yes, it's almost always a better choice to preserve a natural tooth whenever possible to avoid other potentially serious issues, including additional tooth loss, that can occur once a tooth is extracted.
Today's root canal procedures use the most advanced techniques and analgesics to minimize discomfort both during and after the procedure. In fact, many patients find they have little to no discomfort, and any discomfort that is experienced can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription pain medications.
Sometimes when damage is very extensive, a crown may be needed to ensure the tooth remains strong. Also, once the pulp is removed, a tooth may turn grayish in color, and a crown can be used to help it look healthy and natural. Dr. Trotter can determine if a crown would be a good choice for you during your office evaluation.
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