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Root Canals – When Is It Time To Get A Root Canal?

Root canals are probably the most dreaded of all dental procedures.

emergency dentist sacramento09 150x150 Root Canals   When Is It Time To Get A Root Canal?Getting a root canal consists of removing all the inner parts of the tooth to kill and prevent any future infection or damage to a tooth.  Pulp chambers are the centers in teeth that contain cells, nerves, and the blood supply.

The pulp chambers are removed along with the root, the tooth is then cleaned and filled with compounds to strengthen the tooth.

Technically the tooth is dead after the root canal, but because it has been preserved it should last and function for a very long time.  The reason that root canals are an important, although unfortunate, procedure is that once infection reaches the pulp or root of a tooth it is highly likely that the infection and decay will continue to spread.

In that case invasive surgery is required to kill off the infection and save whatever is possible of the tooth, and surrounding teeth.

Usually people know ahead of time if they are going to need to get a root canal.  Some of the signs that a person may need a root canal are: having a history of tooth decay, inflammation, bleeding, soreness, cracking, and previous dental work falling apart.  Also, if there is a known infection in a tooth it is likely that a person will get a root canal.

Root canals can be painful because not only is a large section of nerve and pulp removed but the drilling can cause inflammation.  If the infection is bad enough a dentist may put their patient on antibiotics to continue to fight the infection from the inside.

Pressure builds up in teeth which can cause pinches nerves and even greater pain.  But in the long run, getting a root canal is less painful than dying of sepsis.