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Root Canals: No Need for Fear or Pain

Published on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Root Canals: No Need for Fear or Pain

You hear “root canal”, and your pulse starts racing. The term might scare you, and make you think of a complicated dental surgery involving a lot of pain; but the procedure is actually quite simple, and relieves the pain that comes along with an infected pulp chamber.

Some of the causes of an infected pulp chamber include: a deep cavity, repeated dental procedures, a cracked tooth, or an injury to the tooth. Any of these issues can cause an abscess (a pus filled bubble) around the root of the tooth, causing it to become inflamed and infected. This can result in a lot of pain.

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The purpose of the root canal procedure is to remove this infected pulp within the roots of the tooth, and relieve pain. A tooth without pulp can still survive due to nourishment from surrounding tissue. If the infection isn't treated after a long period of time, the whole tooth will eventually have to be removed.

Now that you know the importance of the root canal and its causes and effects, let’s talk about the procedure. The infected pulp in the root of the tooth is cleaned out and the tooth is sealed up. It’s simple! During the procedure, there will be very little or no discomfort. It can usually be completed within 1-3 dental visits, and it will result in a tooth that will last forever. The root canal; No need for fear and no more pain!

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