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Root Canal Treatment

At Brittney K. Craig, DMD, we understand that the mere mention of a root canal can cause anxiety for some patients. However, modern root canal treatment is a highly effective and virtually painless procedure that can help save a damaged or infected tooth. In this brief guide, we'll demystify root canal treatment, explaining what it is, why it's needed, and the benefits it offers for preserving your oral health.

What Is Root Canal Treatment? Root canal treatment, often referred to simply as a "root canal," is a dental procedure designed to remove infected or damaged pulp (the innermost part of the tooth) while preserving the outer structure of the tooth. This treatment can effectively save a tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted.

 

Why Is Root Canal Treatment Necessary? Root canal treatment becomes necessary when the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected or inflamed due to various reasons, including:

  • Deep cavities or tooth decay

  • Dental trauma or injury

  • Cracks or fractures in the tooth

  • Repeated dental procedures on the same tooth

  • Untreated gum disease

 

Without treatment, an infected tooth can lead to severe pain, abscess formation, and even the loss of the tooth.

 

The Root Canal Procedure: Contrary to common misconceptions, root canal treatment is not painful and is typically completed in a few simple steps:

  • Anesthesia: Your comfort is a priority. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the tooth and surrounding area.

  • Access and Cleaning: A small opening is made in the tooth to access the infected pulp, which is then carefully removed.

  • Disinfection: The inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to remove any remaining bacteria.

  • Filling: The cleaned space inside the tooth is filled with a biocompatible material, and the opening is sealed.

  • Restoration: A dental crown or filling is often placed on top of the treated tooth to protect and restore its strength and function.

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment: Root canal treatment offers several benefits:

  • Pain Relief: The procedure alleviates the severe pain associated with tooth infections.

  • Tooth Preservation: It allows you to keep your natural tooth, avoiding the need for extraction.

  • Functional Restoration: A restored tooth can function just like any other tooth, allowing you to eat and speak comfortably.

  • Aesthetic Enhancement: The tooth can be capped with a natural-looking crown, enhancing its appearance.

 

Your Comfort, Our Priority: At Brittney K. Craig, DMD, we prioritize your comfort and well-being. If you're experiencing tooth pain or have been told you need a root canal, rest assured that our experienced team is here to provide a pain-free and stress-free experience.

Your Oral Health Matters: Don't let fear prevent you from seeking necessary dental care. Root canal treatment can save your smile and alleviate discomfort. If you have questions about root canals or need to schedule an appointment, please contact us. We're here to ensure your oral health is preserved and your smile is restored.

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