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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Root Canal Therapy

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Root Canal Therapy

a woman smiles and holds a dental model | root canals chattanoogaIt is important to understand the process of a root canal. During a root canal, the goals of treatment are to clean the bacteria that is harboring in your tooth, remove the nerve, and RELIEVE YOUR PAIN.

The Process Of A Root Canal.

The first step is make sure you are completely anesthetized and comfortable.  The next step is to create an access to the canal.  The third step is clean inside the canal and remove any bacteria and nerve.  Once, the canal has been sufficiency cleanse, then a thermoplastic material called Gutta Purcha, will be used to seal the canal to help prevent bacteria re-infection.

Once the canal(s) have been filled, then a permanent filling or crown will used to properly restore the tooth.  A crown will certainly be needed if a root canal is completed on a back tooth(premolar or molar) to keep the tooth from fracturing.  You may potentially feel some soreness around the tooth for a few weeks, but there should not be any pain postoperatively.  

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A root canal is the treatment of the nerve chambers within a tooth. The nerve and blood vessels are removed and the chambers of the tooth are sterilized. The nerve canals are then filled to the tip of the root to remove the infection and alleviate pain. This saves the tooth from being lost.

When the interior of your tooth, specifically the canal, is disturbed by bacteria or trauma, the nerve starts to become inflamed or degenerates.  The inflammation of the nerve can lead to severe hot/cold sensitivity and pain upon pressure.  Degeneration of the nerve can lead to pain upon pressure or chewing.  Sometimes discomfort from either inflamed or degeneration of the nerve can be unprovoked.  Root canal therapy will help eliminate the discomfort by removing the nerve and cleaning out the bacteria that infiltrated the canal.  It is of utmost importance to properly restore the tooth in a timely manner.

The techniques used to perform root canals have advanced considerably, making this routine procedure no more uncomfortable or inconvenient than a filling. Many people who need a root canal are currently in pain, and a root canal will relieve your pain and save your tooth. After your procedure, you may experience some swelling and discomfort, but this will go away quickly.

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