The Ins and Outs of Root Canals

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Root canal. Those two words conjure up visions of long and painful sessions in the dentist’s chair, and a miserable recovery time. Root canals have gotten a bad reputation over the years. But the truth of the matter is that a root canal can save a tooth that at one time, would have required an extraction. The pulp at the center of your tooth contains the nerve endings and blood vessels that keep your teeth healthy. If that pulp becomes infected through damage to your tooth, it needs to be removed, but the overall structure of your tooth can be saved, and possibly support a crown.

The process may take two visits. To perform a root canal, the dentist will access the pulp with a drill. Then the dentist will remove the diseased pulp and clean the root chamber to make sure that all of the pulp and bacteria have been removed. Then the dentist will enlarge the chamber and insert a material called gutta percha to take the place of the missing pulp. After sealing the tooth, the dentist will schedule an appointment for a follow-up appointment to check your progress and to talk about placing a crown. Your dentist may prescribe an anti-inflammatory, antibiotic or pain reliever, and you should take all medications as directed. If you experience nausea, fever, chills, sweating or swelling, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible.

If you have a tooth that needs some attention, our dentist, Dr. Alexander Larsen will be happy to see you.If you would like to make an appointment at Gentle Dental Arts in Orem, Utah, call 801-788-4922 today to plan your visit. Don’t wait until the pain is unbearable, let’s get started on your healthy smile soon!