Have you been told by your dentist that you need root canal treatment? Root canals are chamber-like areas within tooth structure that contain cellular material and nerve endings. When teeth are badly diseased or injured, the root canal and its contents can become exposed to debris and bacteria, which can lead to an infection. Without root canal treatment, an infected tooth can become diseased beyond repair and require surgical extraction.
What is root canal treatment exactly?
Root canal treatment is a form of endodontic therapy. Using tiny dental instruments, a dentist or endodontist will access the innermost structures of teeth. Once the root canal is accessed, the dental pulp and nerve endings are removed. The root canal is then irrigated and reinforced with a rubber-like compound to prevent future degradation of the tooth. Once the root canal is treated and sealed, patients’ oral function and comfort will increase.
Will I need a dental crown?
After root canal treatment, many people will require the placement of a dental crown. While dental crowns commonly follow endodontic care, it is not always the case. If a crown is needed, your dental provider will be able to help you select the materials for your custom restoration, which will be made from very exact measurements so that it looks and feels natural.
Why should I see a specialist?
Perhaps your dental provider has recommended that you visit a specialist for treatment. An endodontist is a specialist that treats the inside of teeth, including the root canal and its contents. To practice as a specialist, one must have a standard DDS, advanced coursework and training, and pass board testing. Endodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.
Visiting a specialist is useful for those with unique or complex circumstances. It is also beneficial to see a specialist for procedures like root canal treatment, because the nature of these procedures is very focused. Your doctor’s experience and education can make for effective and comfortable care.
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