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The term root canal usually sparks a negative reaction from people even if they’ve never had one before. Root canals have a bad reputation mostly from hearsay, but a root canal could save your natural tooth, time, and money in the long run.
Root canals are recommended for treating severe decay, infected teeth, or abscessed teeth. Beneath the hard exterior of your teeth is a soft deposit of tissue called pulp. This pulp can become inflamed and damage the roots of your tooth if left unchecked, so a root canal procedure may be required to save your tooth.
During your root canal procedure, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth affected. A small opening is made in your tooth so your dentist can use instruments to clean the pulp from the root canals and any infected tissue.
Once the infection has been removed, the space is filled with a sealant, usually material called gutta-percha, and cemented with an adhesive to protect the root canal and roots of your tooth. Your dentist will also place a temporary filling to seal the access point created at the start of the procedure, and that temporary filling will be replaced with a crown at a later date.
Root canals give you the opportunity to save the natural teeth you have even after a severe infection. Maintaining your natural teeth and smile may cut down on the cost and frequency of future dental procedures and allows you to continue chewing normally and enjoying your natural smile.
Don’t let your fear of root canals put your teeth at risk. If you’re concerned that you may need a root canal, call us at any of our offices in Charlotte, Matthews, Mallard Creek, and Wesley Chapel to schedule a free consultation today.
We’re here to help you feel more comfortable and confident about the procedure. Call now and take a step toward keeping your natural teeth.
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LandMark Dentistry offers comprehensive dental services customized to fit each patient’s unique needs. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, give us a call today at (704) 347-2557 to speak with a member of our team. We look forward to helping you get the smile you dream about!