A root canal is a procedure that's used to help preserve a tooth that's been extensively damaged by decay or trauma. Root canals use special techniques to remove the damaged pulp, the central portion of the tooth that extends from the middle of the tooth down to the root area via channels or canals. The pulp contains nerves and connective tissues that support tooth health. When the pulp becomes infected or damaged by trauma, often a root canal can be performed to remove the damaged portion so the tooth can be preserved.
A root canal is performed much like a traditional filling. First, the extent of the decay will be assessed with a dental x-ray. Then, the decayed area will be carefully removed using special tools designed to reach into the deep portions of the tooth. The canals will be sealed and then filled. In most cases, a crown is placed over the tooth to help strengthen it once the central portion is removed and also to hide the darkening that typically occurs in a tooth once the pulp is gone. At Dental Center of Redondo Beach, we also use the most advanced pain management techniques for greater patient comfort.
You can, but it's almost always better to preserve a tooth whenever possible rather than remove it. That's because removing a tooth can disturb your bite balance, resulting in jaw pain, headache and excessive tooth wear. Plus, a missing tooth enables the teeth on either side to begin to shift into the gap that's left by the tooth, causing roots to become loose and increasing the risk of additional tooth loss. And finally, preserving a natural tooth is usually far less costly than having a bridge, denture or implant made.
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