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What is a root canal treatment?

Do you need root canal treatment?… We will explain you what is a root canal treatment and why you might need it.

A root canal is a dental treatment to deal with an infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth and the pulp. The most common causes of a damaged tooth are: a deep cavity, cracked tooth, deep pits and fissures on molars, tooth decay, among others.

There are 5 steps that occur in a root canal treatment, and it is usually performed over two appointments.

X rays: Your dentist will take x rays to examine where is located the cavity.

Anesthesia: Using a needle, your dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth.

Pulpotomy: Your dentist will use a small drill to open a portion in the crown of tooth to remove the pulp. Next the dentist will clear away the damage area.

Filling: Once the chamber is thoroughly cleaned and dried, the endodontist will fill the roots with gutta percha, and will close the opening in your tooth with a temporary filling. While you wait for the permanent crown.

Permanent Crown: After a few days, your dentist will finish your treatment by placing a permanent crown.

After the procedure you might need to schedule an additional visit with your dentist to x-ray the treated tooth and to make sure that all signs of infection are gone.

A restored tooth can last a lifetime with proper care. We recommend you:

Practice good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth twice a day, use dental floss at night and mouthwash after brushing, change your toothbrush every three months.

Visit your dentist regularly, once or twice a year for a professional cleaning and check your teeth to prevent future problems.

Avoid chewing on hard foods, such as ice or candies, because this practice can cause teeth to break.

If you have any doubts about your dental health, send us a private message or call us. Our dentists will answer all your questions and they will provide you a FREE evaluation.

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