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A root canal is a restorative dental procedure in which your dentist removes decay and bacteria from the inner part of your tooth (pulp) and fills it with dental materials to reduce the risk of serious dental problems.
The earlier you seek treatment for tooth damage or decay, the better chance your dentist has to restore your tooth.
Signs that may indicate a need for a root canal include:
If you have minor tooth decay or damage, you might not need a root canal. If the tooth damage or decay is severe, you may require extraction. The experts at Dr. Aaronson & Associates do everything they can to save your natural tooth and avoid an extraction.
To find out if you need a root canal, your dentist discusses your symptoms and oral health history. They take dental X-rays, review the results, and examine your teeth and gums to determine the best treatment before personalizing a dental plan that’s right for you.
During the first step of a root canal, your dentist numbs the treatment area so you can avoid discomfort. They make a hole in the top of your tooth to remove any decay, bacteria, or infection from the tooth’s pulp. After cleaning the inside of your tooth, they disinfect it and fill the hole with special dental materials to restore the tooth.
The final step in the process of undergoing a root canal involves getting fitted for a dental crown to protect it from future damage. When the crown is ready, your dentist bonds it to your tooth, where it remains long term.
After getting a root canal, your tooth might be a little sensitive for a day or two. You can take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed.
Take good care of your newly restored tooth by not chewing on ice, hard foods, popcorn kernels, or other hard objects.
Brush your teeth after meals, floss daily, and see the experts at Dr. Aaronson & Associates every six months for dental cleanings. Call your dentist at the first sign of tooth pain.
To find out if you need a root canal, call the Dr. Aaronson & Associates office or schedule an appointment online today.