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Your teeth contain three layers: the outer protective enamel, a secondary layer of sensitive dentin, and an inner pulp that contains components commonly referred to as the “nerve” of the tooth. Each pulp chamber branches off, forming canals that lead toward the tooth root tip. These infamous root canals provide a means for the tooth to absorb what it needs from the blood and remove toxins or other unnecessary materials via the blood stream. A deep cavity, traumatic injury, or tooth fracture can make the canal susceptible to bacterial infection, which can kill the pulp, stimulate increased blood flow, and create pressure within the tooth. This can cause severe tooth pain and may initiate bone degeneration, tooth loss, and even more acute pain. If you see a dentist in the earliest stages of this condition, the tooth may be saved with a root canal. Otherwise, it may require extraction and replacement with a prosthetic.
Will root canal therapy hurt?
Patients are relieved to discover they experienced little or no discomfort thanks to today’s technology and analgesics. Oftentimes, root canal therapy can be completed in a single appointment. We simply clean out the diseased canal, fill the canal with a biologically-inert substance, and seal it from further infection. While some patients experience post-procedural soreness or slight tissue inflammation, these are controllable with over-the-counter analgesics. Follow-up care requires; restoring the affected tooth structure to a state of optimal dental health, thorough home hygiene and regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups.
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