Taking proper care of your teeth is more important than you may realize. Decay can cause cavities, which open the way for bacteria to get into the roots of your tooth, infecting and eating away at the nerve, or pulp, of the tooth. As you can imagine, this can be very painful. The nerve of a tooth can also be damaged and infected as a result of a tooth being overly exposed to very hot or very cold substances. If left untreated, an infection of the pulp of the tooth will worsen, causing the pain to intensify and spread to other parts of the face. Bone loss may also occur. Eventually, someone with an infected pulp may need to be hospitalized. Therefore, if you have a bad pain in one of your teeth, you should get it checked out as soon as possible. Root canal therapy is an effective and thorough way to stop an infection, heal the tooth and prevent further problems.
The Root Canal Therapy Procedure
There are a few different steps involved in the process of a root canal. These steps combine to ensure that the infection is thoroughly eradicated and your tooth is in the best shape possible when the procedure is over. An incision will be made in the top of the damaged tooth, so that the infected spot can be accessed easily. The decaying and painful nerve tissue will be removed and the entire area will be cleaned out to prevent any further infection. After the area is cleaned and the nerve canals are reshaped, the tooth will be filled with a special substance that helps everything to heal properly and without opening the way for more bacteria to come in and cause another infection. A crown can be placed on the tooth to permanently cover up the damage.
Advantages Of Getting A Root Canal
One great thing about a root canal is that when it is over, your tooth will look just the same as all your other teeth. The filling and the crown are both designed to cover up the damage that has been done by the infection and keep it looking like a normal, healthy tooth. It is also a great alternative to the more traditional treatment of simply pulling out the infected tooth. The root canal will help your tooth be stronger than before and you will not experience any pain or discomfort afterwards.
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