Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is a dental procedure used to treat an infected or damaged tooth which involves removing the infected or damaged pulp (the inner portion), cleaning and disinfecting the area, and then filling and sealing the tooth to prevent further damage.
A root canal may be necessary if:
- The tooth is infected: If bacteria has entered the tooth and caused an infection, it can lead to pain, swelling, and abscesses. A root canal can help remove the infection and save the tooth.
- The tooth is severely decayed: If decay has reached the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be necessary to prevent the decay from spreading and causing further damage.
- The tooth is fractured or damaged: If the tooth is cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged, it may become infected or exposed to bacteria. A root canal can help prevent further damage and save the tooth.
- The tooth has had multiple dental procedures: If a tooth has had multiple dental procedures, it may become weakened and more susceptible to infection or damage. In some cases, a root canal may be necessary to protect the tooth and prevent further damage.
While root canals may have a reputation for being painful, they are typically no more uncomfortable than a routine dental filling. After the procedure, it is important to follow the dentist's aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing and avoid any further dental problems.
If you are experiencing dental pain or have concerns about the health of your teeth, schedule an appointment today with the team here at Dr. Douglas F. Geiger, DMD.
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