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Root Canal Therapy

Painful Pulp

Your teeth contain several layers: the outer protective enamel, a secondary layer of dentin, and inner pulp that contains the nerves of the tooth. Each pulp chamber branches off, forming canals that lead toward the tooth root tip. Root canals provide a means for the tooth to absorb nutrients from blood and get rid of toxins via the blood stream. A deep cavity, traumatic injury, or tooth fracture makes the canal susceptible to bacterial infection, which can kill or irreversibly injure the pulp. This may be accomplished with an increased blood flow and increased pressure within the tooth. This causes severe tooth pain and may initiate bone degeneration, tooth loss, and more acute pain. If you see a dentist in the earliest stages, the tooth may be saved with root canal therapy. Otherwise, it may need to be extracted and replaced.

Easy Does It

Will root canal therapy hurt? Not with today's advanced analgesics and technology. In fact, the entire process can be so comfortable that many patients doze off. Oftentimes, root canal therapy is completed in a single appointment. We clean out the diseased canal, fill it with a biologically-inert substance, seal it from further infection, and you're on your way. While some patients experience post-procedural soreness or slight tissue inflammation, these are controllable with over-the-counter analgesics. Follow-up care involves thorough home hygiene and regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups.