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Root Canals

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If you have the option of keeping your real teeth, you should. A root canal is one way of doing that if your tooth is infected. Dr. Boyle uses the root canal procedure to save your real tooth and keep your smile intact.

Don’t Fear A Root Canal

Inside of your teeth are nerves. Each tooth has its own nerve, and that nerve is surrounded by a soft, spongy material that dentists call pulp. Sometimes, the nerve in your tooth may get infected. The majority of these infections are caused by tooth decay that penetrates the chamber housing your nerve and surrounding pulp. Once a nerve is infected, you usually will have a great deal of tooth pain. You may even develop an abscess, a pocket of infection inside your gums. You will feel pain and pressure, and may even experience swelling in the area.

With root canal therapy, Dr. Boyle can remove the decay that caused the infection, and the infected nerve and pulp as well. Then, Dr. Boyle will clean the chamber to make sure that any lingering debris is removed. The chamber will then be filled and your tooth sealed to prevent any food or bacteria from making its way inside and causing additional problems.

Know The Root Canal Process

The first step for a root canal is taking X-rays. Dr. Boyle will use them to verify the shape of your nerve chamber and also to look for signs of whether the infection has spread. Next, you will be prepped for the procedure. In some cases, this will involve putting a rubber sheet around the tooth that is going to be worked on. This is to keep the area free from saliva during the process. You will also be given a numbing agent or sedated for the procedure. This is for your comfort, and Dr. Boyle will go over whether dental sedation is needed beforehand.

After you are comfortable and the numbing agent is in effect, Dr. Boyle will begin the process of accessing the nerve chamber in your tooth and removing the infected material. He will then flush the area with a solution to sterilize it. Once this is complete, your tooth will be filled and sealed to protect against further issues. You may need to come back for further restorative help (such as a crown) if the decay did extensive damage to your tooth. If so, Dr. Boyle will go over this with you while you are planning your treatment.

Understand Root Canals

This is a myth. Root canals are no more painful than having a tooth filled. Even after providing anesthesia and sedation (if needed), Dr. Boyle is quick to listen to his patients and will administer more numbing agent to make sure you are completely comfortable during your root canal process.

If you need help keeping your real teeth, call our of office at 661-524-8457 for an appointment. You can also schedule your appointment using our online form.

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