Root canal treatment: Everything you need to know

Root canal treatment: Everything you need to know

The phrase ‘root canal’ brings fear to many individuals, but this is often simply because they do not completely understand what is involved in the treatment process. Our dental team at Edinburg Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing high quality and safe care through the use of procedures such as root canals. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know regarding root canal treatments.

What is a root canal treatment?

A root canal is actually a part of the tooth. It is located inside each tooth and holds the pulp, nerves, and other tissues. When the pulp becomes infected, a root canal treatment is needed. This can be caused by bacteria seeping through and infected the protected area.

What is involved in a root canal treatment?

The first step is creating a hole in order to properly clean out the pulp. This involves removing everything inside the tooth and disinfecting it thoroughly so as to avoid future infection. Next, your dentist will fill the canal so as to seal it properly. Finally, they will place a restoration on top of the tooth. This step will help to strengthen the now weakened tooth. The majority of our patients’ first question is always, “How painful is it?”. The pain caused by the actual infection is the greatest. During the procedure, your dentist will supply you with an anesthetic in order to avoid discomfort. You may feel uncomfortable after the procedure, but ask your dentist about effective methods in combating this momentary pain.

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