Find out more about root canals
“Root canal.” The very words have unpleasant associations for many. In fact, until recently, if someone asked, “What is a root canal?” the answer might be, “something you need, but not something you want.”
These days, however, a root canal procedure (also known as an endodontic treatment) has become a lot less painful. In fact, according to the American Association of Endodontists, today’s root canal experience is similar to a routine filling.
Root canals are fairly common procedures because they can repair and save a tooth with a badly decayed or damaged interior. That damage could come from a crack or chip in the tooth, repeated dental procedures, faulty crowns, or other causes. And it can be there even if you don’t see any chips or cracks from the outside.
If you have a damaged tooth, it’s smart to get it treated as soon as possible. If the inside of a tooth or the nerve connected to it has serious problems, the tooth material begins to break down and bacteria begin to multiply. They may lodge in decaying debris and create an infection in the root canal of the tooth that could lead to:
Modern root canal treatment may not be most people’s idea of fun but in most cases it’s not nearly as painful as it used to be. These days a root canal can usually be completed in one or two appointments and with little pain or discomfort once the work is complete.
Saving your tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages. According to the American Association of Endodontists, the benefits include:
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