At Town and Country Cosmetic Dentistry and Implant Centers, we perform emergency root canals. Though this procedure strikes fear into the hearts of many people, they should be more afraid of not having a root canal.
What is a root canal?
When a tooth becomes badly infected or decayed, a qualified urgent care dentist can fix it. First, he/she cleans the inside of the tooth by removing the bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris that may be causing the tooth infection from the inside of the tooth.
The dentist will then seal the tooth to prevent further tooth decay and finish by applying a crown or filling. This is the process and purpose of a root canal. The process can be completed, typically, in one or two visits. In many cases, a root canal procedure is a better option than removing the infected tooth since it allows the patient to keep their natural tooth.
Are all teeth at risk?
Teeth that are more prone to requiring a root canal are cracked or chipped, have received repeated dental procedures, have been damaged by trauma to the face, or are suffering from deep tooth decay. Wearing a mouthguard can help prevent damage sustained to teeth and practicing good oral hygiene habits, such as daily flossing and brushing, coupled with regular dental visits, can reduce the possibility of needing a root canal.
Though a root canal can be intimidating or scary, educating yourself and talking to your dentist can relieve much of your anxiety. Root canals are often not painful, and for many people, the pain of the infection experienced beforehand is worse than any pain that might be experienced during the procedure.
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