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If you fail to brush and floss your teeth regularly, your teeth can start to decay. This is particularly true if you eat a lot of sugary foods, or drink sugary beverages regularly. Your mouth is home to millions of bacteria. Under normal circumstances, this bacteria is rather harmless and easily kept in check with good oral hygiene, which includes regular check-ups with a dentist office, like Top Dental. However, if bacteria is allowed to grow unchecked and you develop deep cavities, your may require a root canal. If your dentist has informed you that a root canal is recommended for your situation, here's what you need to know.
Why Root Canals Are Needed
Your dentist can treat typical cavities by cleaning and filling them. However, advanced cavities that have gone past the root's surface and infected the pulp require root canal treatment. Your teeth are composed of a hard outer coating, called enamel, along with dentin -- a softer material that supports the enamel. Additionally, there is hard material that coats the surface of the root of each tooth and then at the center of each tooth is soft material called pulp. Once an infection has reached the pulp, the pulp dies and the bacteria can then spread rapidly through the canals of the roots causing major problems and leaving your other teeth at risk. To stop the infection and protect your unaffected teeth, a root canal is necessary.
How It's Performed
Your dental specialist will drill into the hallow part of your tooth in order to remove the infected tissue. You'll have local anesthesia to keep you comfortable so that you don't feel any pain from the drilling. After removing the tissue and the nerve, your dentist will clean out the tooth and then fill it with a special material in order to seal the root. Typically, you'll receive a temporary crown to protect the tooth until your permanent crown is available. Crowns aren't usually made on site, so your dentist will send the mold of your tooth to an outside lab to make your permanent crown. It will take a few weeks for your permanent crown to be ready.
After the Procedure
Expect to experience some tenderness for a few days. Over-the-counter pain medication is usually enough to keep you comfortable as your tooth heals. You shouldn't experience any severe pain. If you do, contact your dentist right away. Your dentist may recommend that you stick with soft, bland foods for the first few days. After that, most patients are able to resume their normal diet. Once you have your new crown, you're all set.