Do you need a root canal? A dentist who specializes in Medford endodontics will let you know what to expect if you’ve never had one before. If you’re feeling nervous about it, check out these common questions related to the procedure and the answers that may help you become less anxious about having it done.
A root canal procedure is required when the soft pulp inside a tooth’s root becomes infected. The usual symptoms of an infected pulp include gum sensitivity, tooth sensitivity, discoloration of the tooth, and tooth pain. To determine if a root canal procedure is necessary, your dentist may have to take an X-ray.
If an infected tooth is left untreated, this could result in a severe infection such as a dental abscess. Ignoring the problem will eventually lead to tooth loss.
Your dentist will remove the infected tissue from the inside of the tooth. Re-contamination is prevented by cleaning out and filling the inside of the tooth.
Since the nerves around the affected tooth are numbed by the application of a local anesthetic, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort throughout the procedure.
Tooth extractions should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. A missing tooth leaves a gap that will cause your other teeth to shift out of their proper positions. Additionally, your jawbone where the tooth was will also lose its density and cause your face to sag.
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