What is a root canal? | Newark DE
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A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of nerves and blood vessels that helps to nourish the tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
How is a root canal performed?
This infected pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. In addition, we offer nitrous oxide gas to help relax you, if needed. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.
What happens after treatment?
A restoration is necessary to protect your tooth following root canal therapy, such as a filling or crown. A restoration is needed to prevent fracture and decay of the remaining tooth.