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Root canal therapy can be prescribed for a variety of circumstances including extensive decay, a crack in your tooth, repeated procedures to the same tooth, or sometimes even unexplained death of the vital portion of the tooth. Millions of teeth are treated and saved this way each year. It is often a misconception that root canals cause pain and discomfort, while they actually relieve the pain and discomfort you may be experiencing.
Inside your tooth, beneath the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin, is a soft tissue called pulp. This tissue contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, which help grow the root of your tooth during its development. A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
Root canal treatment is nothing like those old sayings! It’s very similar to a routine filling and can usually be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. Getting a root canal is relatively painless and extremely effective. You’ll be back to smiling, biting and chewing with ease in no time.
Reasons For Root Canal
- ✱ Efficient chewing.
- ✱ Normal biting force and sensation.
- ✱ Natural appearance.
- ✱ Protection from excessive wear or strain on your other teeth.
Root Canal FAQ’s
Can A Root Canal Infection Spread?
Yes. A root canal infection can spread to the surrounding teeth and throughout the jaw and head/neck region.
Can a Tooth Have Two Root Canals?
Yes. It can vary depending on the tooth and the location in the mouth. Teeth can have between 1 to 5 canals.
Can I Eat After The Root Canal?
Yes. You can eat as soon as the anesthesia wears off. It’s important to eat soft foods until your tooth is restored and fully heals.
Can Root Canals Be Redone?
Yes. If a root canal gets infected or is not thoroughly cleaned, it is possible that the root canal needs to be redone.
Can Antibiotics Heal An Infected Root Canal?
Yes and no, Antibiotics do not entirely correlate with root canal infection, but they will help reduce the risk of disease during the healing process.
Can You Get A Root Canal And Crown On The Same Day?
No. It is strongly advised not to get the root canal and crown procedures performed on the same day. The tooth needs to be healed for a couple of days before a crown can be placed.