The words “root canal” can strike fear into the most courageous hearts. But it doesn’t need to be that way. The simple fact is that root canals, known formally as endodontic therapy, have a bad reputation. At The Addison Dentist in Addison TX, root canals don’t cause pain, they relieve it.
When a tooth becomes badly infected or decayed, we clean its inside by removing the bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris that may be causing the tooth infection from the inside of the tooth. Then we seal the tooth to prevent further decay and finish by applying a crown or filling.
This is the process and purpose of a root canal. The process can be completed, typically, in just a few visits. In many cases, a root canal procedure is a better option than removing the infected tooth since it allows you to keep your natural tooth.
Some patients are more prone to requiring a root canal procedure. If their teeth are cracked or chipped, have received repeated dental procedures, have been damaged by trauma to the face, or are suffering from deep tooth decay, then a root canal may be in order. Wearing a mouth guard can help prevent damage sustained to teeth and practicing good oral hygiene habits, such as daily flossing and brushing, coupled with regular dental visits, can reduce the possibility of needing a root canal.
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