Root Canal means the cleaning of the canals inside the tooth’s root. As a Salt Lake City root canal dentist, Dr. Bishop regularly performs the root canal endodontic treatment, a common procedure, while keeping patients completely comfortable. A root canal is extremely effective by removing only the infection without losing the tooth.
When a tooth is either badly damaged or infected by a cracked tooth or dental cavity, the infection spreads to the center of the tooth called the dental pulp. The dental pulp holds all the sensitive areas of the tooth which means when it becomes infected it can be extremely painful. A root canal is a treatment that removes the pulp while disinfecting and filling the area ensuring the infection and pain are eliminated.
The root canal procedure starts by removing the infected pulp through a small hole in the tooth. The area is cleaned, in conjunction with prescribed antibiotics, to make sure all the infection is removed. The hole is then sealed and a filling or crown will be used to strengthen and protect the tooth. Dr. Bishop will create a natural looking finish that will blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. Once the infection is gone, and the tooth is strengthened, it will behave like it used to. That makes it possible to bite down with normal force, chew, and maintain normal activities without worrying about the tooth.
Alternatively, if you do not have a root canal endodontics procedure completed, the infected tooth will likely need to be pulled. This is essential for preventing the spread of infection. Once the tooth is removed it will need to be replaced. The options for doing so involve wearing a denture, getting a dental bridge or having dental implants installed. These are all viable solutions but take additional time, and the recovery period is longer since the procedures will take several steps. Therefore, the easiest and most straightforward solution is to have a root canal procedure to save your tooth.
To ensure the success of your root canal you must practice good oral hygiene. Taking care of your teeth can help prevent future problems.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of dental terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s oral care guide. 2015
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