Root canal therapy is a procedure which removes diseased tissue within the root canal. The root canal is a chamber that reached the tooth root which contains blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. If this area gets infected it can distress the roots and cause a variety of damage. Root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth before extraction becomes necessary.
If you have a damaged tooth that becomes infected, you may benefit from root canal therapy. If the tooth has undergone a lot of other procedures, that may also become a reason for a root canal. Root canal therapy is highly successful as a restorative treatment, and a tooth repaired with a root canal can last a lifetime. Patients who need a root canal are usually already feeling pain daily and require a root canal to ease the pain and halt any ongoing damage.
Root canal therapy has a reputation for being painful. However, the toothaches connected with an infected tooth root are probably causing a lot more pain than the treatment will. Dental techniques have advanced a great deal in the last several decades which can makes the procedure a positive experience. Paola Family Dentistry also provides nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and localized sedation to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. The actual therapy takes anywhere from one hour to ninety minutes, depending on the condition of the tooth and any complications that might be involved. After the procedure, the patient is allowed to go home. It is important to follow any post-operative instructions from the dentist and rest is recommended.
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