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Endodontic treatment, more commonly known as the root canal, is perhaps the most misunderstood procedure in dentistry. Despite popular myths, it is not traumatic, nor is it unpredictable
when performed properly. In reality, it is a gentle and precise technique for removing infected or injured pulp, which relieves chronic tooth pain.
Understanding the root canal
Teeth appear solid, but they are actually hollow. The outer layer is hard enamel, with a slightly softer layer of dentin beneath it. In the center (inside of the pulp chamber and root canals) is dental pulp, which contains nerves, vessels, and viscous tissues. Infected, injured, or inflamed dental pulp can irritate the nerve and create pressure inside the tooth. This can lead to pressure and temperature sensitivity, chronic pain, abscesses, and other complications. The solution is to remove the infected pulp and seal the tooth to prevent reinfection.
We have the expertise to perform root canal therapy right here in our comfortable office in most cases. This includes emergency treatment. Many people come to us with severe pain or infection, which is caused by damaged dental pulp. Root canal treatment can often be performed the same day, and the patient can return home and sleep soundly without pain that night.
The process is very similar to that of filling a cavity in a tooth. We administer local anesthesia
and ensure that the tooth is completely numb before beginning. The doctor will then use specially designed endodontic tools to remove the pulp. The chamber and canals are sterilized to eliminate any remaining harmful bacteria, and they are filled and sealed to prevent reinfection. We will prescribe appropriate medication, both anti-infective and pain relieving, to prevent post-treatment complications or discomfort.
The final step in treatment is restoring the tooth. In most cases, we recommend a dental crown, which protects the tooth and restores its functionality and appearance. Please remember - root canal treatment is nothing to fear.
If you have chronic or severe tooth pain, don’t delay seeking care. Call WholeLife Dentistry by Dr. Vallejo at 954-382-0110
and schedule an appointment today.
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