A root canal is a cluster of tiny passageways branching off underneath the top of the tooth. They move down through the canal until they reach the tip of the root. Many different tooth problems can be directly related to infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth that contains blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. If an infection becomes very bad it can affect the roots. Root canal therapy is a standard treatment to remove diseased tissue and stop the spread of infection to the healthy parts of the tooth. Root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth before extraction becomes necessary.
Root canal therapy can become necessary when high amounts of damage or decay are present on the tooth. If the tooth has sustained a lot of other procedures, it may also be in need of a root canal. Patients in need of a root canal are usually already in a great deal of daily discomfort and require treatment to ease the pain and halt any ongoing damage.
It is a general misconception that root canals are a very painful procedure to endure. The reality is that dental techniques and procedures have evolved greatly in the last several decades, and with the skills and knowledge of Dr. Arzinger and her staff at Village Dental, a root canal is no more painful than getting a cavity filled. Root canal therapy takes anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes, depending on the condition of the tooth and any complications that may be involved. After the procedure, the patient is allowed to go home. It is not necessary to stay overnight but rest is recommended.
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