Let’s dive a little deeper into root canals today.
What is a root canal!?
A root canal is actually root canal TREATMENT. Every tooth has a root canal. Every tooth has a root (sometimes 2 or 3 or 4), and down each root runs a canal (or 2). In this canal is the nerve and some other stuff that makes the tooth alive. When you have a root canal, the dentist opens up these canals, and cleans them out completely. Then the dentist stuffs them up. Your tooth is now dead. You should no longer have feeling in this tooth.
This is necessary for a number of reasons. Like we discussed last week, if a cavity reaches the pulp (where the canals begin), the tooth needs a root canal. If a tooth has an infection at the end of the root, a root canal is done to try to kill the infection (and prevent it from coming back). Sometimes, teeth have pain and dentists scratch their heads as to the reason why. To prevent a tooth from having pain, we remove the nerve with a root canal.
After a root canal, a tooth typically requires a crown. Root canal teeth are dead and are slightly weaker than healthy, vital teeth. They are also typically missing quite a bit of tooth structure either due to decay (cavities) or the hole dentists need to make in order to complete the root canal. A crown is a cap that completely covers and protects the tooth.
We will discuss the various types of crowns next week.
In the meantime, Keep Smiling 🙂
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