A root canal saves your tooth and maintains your natural smile. Inside every tooth is a soft tissue called pulp. The pulp connects to your blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. When the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, it can be painful.
Left untreated, the pain increases, an abscess can develop, but ultimately, you may lose your tooth to decay. Your adult tooth can survive without the infected pulp, so a root canal procedure is performed to remove the pulp and replace it with filler.
The pulp may become inflamed or infected from deep decay or repeated dental procedures. For example, a defective crown can leave the pulp vulnerable to bacteria and damage. Sometimes the damage is noticeable, like when the tooth is chipped, cracked, or broken. But other times, the trauma is invisible but still damages the pulp.
Dr. Veligdan takes X-rays of your teeth for a thorough understanding of the damage. He provides a local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent pain during the procedure. He starts by removing the infected pulp, then fully cleans and disinfects the inside.
Then the tooth is filled and sealed with a rubber-like material. Finally, he fills the tooth or restores it with a crown. After the procedure, the treated tooth functions just like any other in your mouth.
A tooth that has been treated by a root canal can last a lifetime, but it requires consistent care. For lasting root canal results, good oral hygiene is a must. Dr. Veligdan recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day, followed by flossing at least once a day. He encourages you to maintain your regular dental cleanings and checkups.
If you’re suffering from extreme tooth pain, a root canal can relieve the discomfort. Book your appointment online or call Dr. Veligdan today for your consultation.
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