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Root Canal

What is a root canal? Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that relieves pain caused by an infected or abscessed tooth. During the root canal process, the inflamed pulp is removed. The surfaces inside the tooth are then cleaned and disinfected, and a filling is placed to seal the space.

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure designed to alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by an infected or abscessed tooth. At New Smiles Dental Clinic, we understand the importance of preserving your natural teeth and ensuring your oral health. Let’s delve into the details of what a root canal is and how it can benefit you.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal, technically known as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure aimed at treating issues within the pulp of a tooth. The pulp, located at the center of the tooth, consists of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. When this pulp becomes infected or inflamed, it can lead to severe toothache and, if left untreated, may result in the loss of the tooth.

The Root Canal Process:

1. Diagnosis:

The first step in the root canal process is a thorough examination and diagnosis by our experienced dental professionals at New Smiles Dental Clinic. Common symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal include persistent tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, swelling, or a pimple on the gums.

2. Local Anesthesia:

Before starting the procedure, the affected tooth and the surrounding area are numbed using a local anesthetic. This ensures that you remain comfortable and pain-free throughout the treatment.

3. Access Opening:

To reach the infected pulp, a small access opening is created on the surface of the affected tooth. This allows the dentist to remove the damaged pulp and clean the inner chamber thoroughly.

4. Pulp Removal:

Using specialized instruments, the inflamed or infected pulp is carefully removed. This step is crucial to eliminate the source of pain and prevent further spread of infection.

5. Cleaning and Disinfection:

Once the pulp is removed, the inner surfaces of the tooth are meticulously cleaned and disinfected. This helps eliminate any remaining bacteria and ensures a sterile environment for the subsequent steps.

6. Shaping and Filling:

The now-hollow space within the tooth is shaped to accommodate a filling material. Gutta-percha, a rubber-like material, is commonly used to fill the root canals, sealing the space to prevent recontamination.

7. Restoration:

After the root canal procedure, the tooth is weakened and prone to fractures. To restore its strength and functionality, a crown or other suitable restoration is often placed over the treated tooth.

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment:

1. Pain Relief:

The primary benefit of a root canal is the relief from severe tooth pain caused by infection or inflammation. This allows you to regain comfort and functionality in your daily life.

2. Preservation of Natural Tooth:

Unlike tooth extraction, a root canal aims to preserve the natural tooth structure. This is essential for maintaining proper oral function and preventing the adjacent teeth from shifting.

3. Prevention of Further Complications:

By removing the infected pulp and thoroughly cleaning the inner chamber, root canal treatment prevents the spread of infection to surrounding tissues and avoids the need for more extensive dental procedures.

4. Improved Oral Health:

Root canal treatment contributes to overall oral health by eliminating infection, promoting healing, and preventing the loss of a tooth. A healthy smile enhances your confidence and well-being.

At New Smiles Dental Clinic, our dedicated team of dental professionals is committed to providing compassionate and effective root canal treatments. If you are experiencing tooth pain or suspect a dental issue, schedule a consultation with us to explore the best treatment options for your oral health. We believe in preserving smiles and promoting lasting dental wellness.

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