When people hear the words “root canal,” they usually begin to imagine a torturous, dreadful procedure. The truth is, the pain from the infection requiring a root canal procedure is the dreadful part, as anyone who has experienced it will testify. The procedure itself is not usually painful, in fact, it is a wonderful invention of modern dentistry that brings vast and welcome relief and the ability to enjoy life (and hot and cold foods!) again. Over ninety percent of the time, a root canal with Lifetime Family Dental is a gentle experience with limited to no discomfort and pain. We believe in providing the best care possible in Gilbert Arizona and surrounding areas to give you give you pain-free, genuine smile!
What is a Root Canal?
Beneath the white enamel and hard layer of your tooth is a soft tissue called pulp. The dental pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue that assist in the growth of your root. When a cavity or tooth fracture occurs, it allows bacteria to penetrate the pulp, causing infection, or an abscess. The infection can spread into the root canals and into the surrounding gum tissue. Inflammation of the nerve and surrounding area is the result, resulting in extreme pain.
Symptoms of a Root Canal
Some symptoms to be aware of include:
*Swelling in the jaw that may spread to face or neck
*Drainage from the abscess
*Sensitivity to hot or cold
These are just a few symptoms to be aware of, but it is a good idea to consult your dentist whenever you are experiencing pain in your teeth or gums.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal may be the best option to treat and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. Root canal treatment is a minimally invasive dental surgery done in order to bring relief from immensely painful abscesses. It usually takes about an hour to perform, and is done with a local anesthetic. During the procedure, Dr. Norton opens a hole in the tooth to access the nerve canals. The infected pulp is removed, and the nerve canals are gently cleaned and sterilized. The inside of the tooth may be washed out with an antibacterial solution, and root canals that go down to the base of the tooth are sealed with dental putty for further stabilization as well as prevention of future infections.
To learn more about root canals, contact Lifetime Family Dental today!
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