Sometimes called endodontic treatment, a root canal treats teeth where the decay is located deep inside the tooth, specifically in the central portion called the pulp. The pulp is located in the canals that run through the center of the tooth to the jaw bone. They contain the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues that keep the tooth healthy. While the principles of treatment are similar to a regular filling for a surface level cavity, due to its location, the pulp is treated with special techniques and instruments. The decayed, damaged tissue is removed from inside the tooth and then sealed to avoid removal.
First, the dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding tissue. Then, the decayed or damaged pulp is removed, and the surrounding area is carefully cleaned with special instruments. The next step is the application of a sealant and filler to close the canal and help strengthen the tooth. Once the cleaning and sealing are complete, a crown will be installed on top of the damaged to provide additional strength and stability.
Dr. Hambarchian uses the most modern, state-of-the-art pain management techniques help ensure pain and discomfort are minimized during root canal procedures. In most cases, over-the-counter medications will ease any discomfort experienced following the procedure.
Keeping a natural tooth is almost always a better option than removal. Your natural teeth have roots that help stimulate proper bone development in the jaw. Without those roots, the bone will eventually weaken, threatening the health of neighboring teeth. Natural teeth also support a healthy and balanced bite. When a tooth is lost, even if it's replaced by a bridge or denture, that balance can change, causing uneven tooth wear and an increased risk of decay. Plus, having a root canal is less costly than replacing a missing tooth with a bridge, denture or implant.
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