Root canals may be the single most cringe-worthy dental treatment there is. They have the reputation of being very painful, but at Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville, we think that bad reputation is way over-rated.
It is important that dental patients know what is happening during this anxiety-inducing, though routine, procedure. The purpose is to save a tooth and alleviate pain, not cause it.
At the center of each tooth is a very small tissue called the pulp. Any of the following problems can damage the pulp:
- An injury to the tooth
- A very deep cavity
- A crack in the tooth
If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. If left untreated, this can actually destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort
When we perform a root canal, the affected pulp is cleared out. The space that is left is cleaned and then it is shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for a diseased tooth to be pulled. It would require continued cosmetic dentistry to fill in the gap.
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