What Is A Root Canal?

A question I often hear is what is a root canal? It is the space or canal inside the roots of your teeth. A root canal treatment is the cleaning of this space to remove infection and prevent further damage.

Despite what you may have heard root canal does not have to be painful. When tooth sensitivity is ignored it can lead to more serious problems which if left untreated often result in a painful or infected tooth – at which stage any corrective procedures are going to be uncomfortable. However, if you act when symptoms give early notice, a root canal can be performed with little or no discomfort.

Symptoms, early notices and common causes of root canals are:
• untreated or deep tooth decay
• temperature sensitive
• pressure sensitive
• tooth pain

Dr. Mattschei is a recognized dental professional, who trained under some of the finest dentists in the world. He has the expertise required to successfully treat infected or compromised root canals with lasting results and minimal discomfort to you. Treatment involves removing the dental pulp, from the small canal spaces within the tooth, then filling and sealing it. The area is numbed with local anesthesia, so you are unable to feel the procedure. Post treatment discomfort is often minimal because the dental pulp and the nerve cells which are part of it are removed. Any soreness experienced is often on par with other common dental procedures like fillings and should fade within days.

After the root canal is completed a crown is usually placed over the tooth. Without the presence of dental pulp, the tooth becomes increasingly more brittle and is at risk for fracture. A crown strengthens and protects it, as well as covering any aesthetic flaws. This final step provides functional and cosmetic restoration.

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