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Guide to Root Canals

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A handy guide on what a root canal is, how to know if you need one, and what happens during the procedure.

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Guide to Root Canals

  1. 1. G U I D E T O R O O T C AN AL S W H AT Y O U S H O U L D K N O W I F Y O U N E E D A R O O T C AN AL
  2. 2. WHAT IS ROOT CANAL PROCEDURE? A root canal, also known as endodontic therapy, is a treatment in which a decayed or infected tooth is saved by removing the damaged nerve and pulp from inside the tooth.
  3. 3. W H AT C AU S E S A N E E D F O R A R O O T C AN AL ? Excessive decay in the tooth which allows bacteria to infect the nerve Repeated dental work over the years that weakens the tooth's nerve Nerve damage due to trauma to the tooth A large crack or chip in the tooth
  4. 4. S Y M P T O M S I N D I C AT I N G Y O U N E E D A R O O T C AN AL SENSITIVITY TO HOT AND COLD Lingering pain after eating something hot or cold may signify deep decay or a fractured tooth PAIN IN HEAD, NECK, OR EAR Damaged or infected nerves can cause lingering pain in these areas SHARP PAIN WHEN YOU BITE DOWN An infection in the inner pulp layer of the tooth causes sharp pain and indicates you may need the infected tissue removed SWELLING AROUND THE TOOTH May be caused by an abscess of the tooth root
  5. 5. W H Y I T ' S I M P O R T AN T T O R E M O V E D AM AG E D N E R V E S AN D P U L P S w e l l i n g t h a t m a y s p r e a d t o a r e a s o f t h e f a c e , n e c k , a n d h e a d If a tooth's nerve or pulp is damaged because of a trauma- related injury or excessive decay, bacteria begins to form inside the tooth causing an infection or abscessed tooth and, if left untreated, can lead to a host of problems Bo n e l o s s a r o u n d t h e t i p o f t h e r o o t H o l e i n t o o t h t h a t c a u s e s d r a i n a g e i n t o g u m s o r t h r o u g h c h e e k An a b s c e s s , o r p u s - f i l l e d p o c k e t , t h a t f o r m s o n r o o t s o f t o o t h
  6. 6. T H E R O O T C AN AL P R O C E D U R E X-rays are taken to see the shape of the root canals and look for signs of infection A local anesthetic is used to numb the area An access hole is drilled in the tooth to remove decayed nerve tissue, pulp, and bacteria The root canal is then cleaned with root canal files that scrub out debris If there is an infection, medication is applied inside the tooth After the tooth is cleaned, it is then sealed to keep out contaminates At next appointment, the inside of the tooth is filled with a sealer paste and the outside hole is filled as well
  7. 7. H O W T O P R E V E N T T H E N E E D F O R A R O O T C AN AL Br u s h y o u r t e e t h r e g u l a r l y F l o s s a f t e r e a c h m e a l F l u o r i d e i n t o o t h p a s t e h e l p s s t r e n g t h e n t e e t h S c h e d u l e r e g u l a r d e n t i s t v i s i t s W e a r a m o u t h g u a r d t o p r e v e n t t r a u m a t o t e e t h d u r i n g s p o r t i n g e v e n t s X - r a y s c a n s e e i n s i d e t h e t o o t h f o r a n y d a m a g e
  8. 8. C O N T AC T U S T O D AY If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this slideshare, contact Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry at (602) 734-0050 today. We are dedicated to helping those who live in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and surrounding areas in Arizona www.desertsmiles.com (602) 734-0050

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