How Does Root Canal Therapy Work?

Brunette lady in dental chair awaiting root canal therapy

When you think of the words “root canal,” it’s common to feel a little freaked out. But once you come to understand the root canal therapy process, you’ll realize that this simple, easy procedure is not as bad as you might think it is! We’ll take a look at what a root canal entails, along with ways to avoid ever getting one in the future.

Why Would I Need a Root Canal?

Root canal therapy is required when someone has infected pulp caused by decay. Pulp is the soft, innermost layer of the tooth, protected by the dentin and enamel outside of it. A pulp infection occurs when there has been extensive decay. This could be caused by a cavity that got out of control, poor diet, or other habits (like smoking). Other causes could be an abscess or infection due to repeat procedures in the area.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

A root canal is a pretty simple procedure. First, Dr. Patel will numb the affected area so that you will be pain free and at ease during your treatment. Next he will flush out all of the infected tissue inside the tooth. To replace the pulp, we use a material called gutta-percha to fill the area. Then we seal your tooth with sealant to prevent future infection. If necessary, we’ll place a natural-looking crown over it. The recovery process is quite simple. You’ll want to take it easy and eat soft foods for a few days until the site heals, and after that, you’re good to go!

Preventing Root Canals

In order to avoid getting a root canal, it’s important to maintain a proper and consistent oral healthcare routine. This includes brushing and flossing your teeth thoroughly twice a day to ward off any decay. You should also maintain a balanced, sensible diet and cut back on any unhealthy habits, like smoking or excessive sugar or alcohol consumption. Scheduling your biannual dental visits is also essential to maintaining proper oral health, since your dentist will be able to detect early signs of decay that you might not display any symptoms for.

At Jackson Smiles Family Dentistry, our mission is to provide quality dental care at an affordable price. Contact us to schedule an appointment today! Whatever the state of your oral health, we’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan that will get you smiling in no time.

Preventative care is key to avoiding a root canal! Contact us with any questions about your oral health.

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