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Some people have some pretty scary conclusions of what a root canal really is or effects it can have on  your body, so when your dentist mentions root canal you instantly shutter or say no thank you.

Let us share some simple information on root canal procedures and why they may your best option.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a treatment performed on your tooth usually to relieve you of pain from an infection or save a badly decayed tooth. A tooth consists of a crown and roots. The crown is mainly above the gum, while the roots are below it. The roots attach the tooth to the jawbone. You can think of a root canal as a filling just right down to the root of your tooth instead of just on the crown of the tooth.

What happens during a root canal?

Firstly to make sure you are comfortable during the procedure the dentist will numb the tooth of pain, once you are comfortable the dentist will remove all the decay and clean out the infection from the tooth, then prepare the tooth for filling; once the roots have been filled either a filling or a crown is placed on top to protect the root canaled tooth.

The procedure can take 2-3 appointments; the dentist may place a medicinal filling in the tooth between appointments to help clear away the infection and may prescribe antibiotics. Once the procedure is completed you can use the tooth and clean the tooth just as before.

Root canals have a high rate of success if can be cleaned and filled correctly. There are some cases were the roots of the tooth may be to curved or to fine for your dentist to clean completely ,in this case they may send you to a specialist to be treated.

Why a root canal and not just removing the tooth?

There are replacement options such as plates or implants if you have the tooth removed but there is nothing quite like your own teeth.

You need your teeth you help you eat various foods to keep you healthy, the more teeth you lose the more difficult it will become to chew these foods. Even losing one tooth can affect multiple teeth in your mouth, surrounding teeth may tilt into the space left and the opposing tooth can slowly move down meaning you may lose that tooth eventually also.

So saving a tooth with a root canal can help preserve the function/health of you and your teeth overall.

If you would to like to know anything more on this please feel free to get in touch.

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