A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it. The common causes affecting the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma. The term "root canal" comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth's root.
Root canals are a very popular treatment, they are necessary to save your tooth if the area inside the root becomes infected. Infection may occur because of severe decay, advanced periodontal disease, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
If this infection is not completely cleared away with root canal treatment, the infection will continue to spread. You will continue to experience pain that will worsen as the infection progresses. At this point, the pain can be quite severe, and you have in order two options to relieve the pain – root canal treatment or extraction.
Root canal treatment is the option, and the benefit is that it will save your tooth. Extraction is only a last-resort option, because a missing tooth leads to a number of other problems that can have a very negative impact on your dental health. At Childs and Childs Dentistry or goal is to protect your oral health by preserving your teeth if at all possible.
A treated and restored tooth can last a lifetime with proper care. Root canals have a high success rate.
Practice good oral hygiene – brush teeth twice a day, and floss at least once. Taking care of your teeth can help prevent future problems.
Visit the dentist regularly – cleanings and examinations by dentists and hygienists.
Avoid chewing on hard foods – chewing on hard foods such as ice can cause teeth to break, and can harm root canals.
We offer an extensive range of dental services, using the latest technology available in the dental industry today.
It is our priority to create a warm, comfortable and welcoming environment for our patients, and deliver treatment with knowledge and care. Dental care is about more than just keeping your teeth white and clean – it's about encouraging a better sense of overall health.