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Root canal therapy is a form of treatment that may be needed if a tooth has been damaged by direct injury or extensive decay. Cavities are tiny holes in enamel which, if not treated right away continue to expand into larger holes. Where there is a hole, there is an opening for bacteria to invade the inner parts of the tooth, where tissues are softer and infection can more easily progress. Once infection has reached the pulp chamber, intense pain is likely to occur.

The reason infected pulp is so painful is that the pulp chamber also houses the nerve and the root of the tooth. If a toothache occurs, this is your body’s way of warning you that something is wrong. Behind the average toothache are bacteria, living microorganisms that invade oral tissues, and then the body. Treating infected pulp allows your dentist to save the damaged tooth while also reducing the impact of infection on the mouth and body. Importantly, treating infection with root canal therapy eliminates pain and gets you back to better oral health.

Root canal therapy is a simple process that begins with a thorough examination and diagnostics such as x-rays. Your Pure Gold dentist is happy to explain how the pulp chamber may have become infected, and will also discuss ways to prevent cavities with oral hygiene. We will also fill you in on the details of the root canal procedure if you wish.

The root canal procedure is performed to purge the contamination present in the pulp chamber of the tooth. First, damaged tooth material is removed and we gain access to the pulp chamber. Using precision instruments, your dentist will remove pulp tissue and all material within the pulp chamber, including the root and the nerve. The chamber is cleansed, sterilized, and sealed with endodontic material so that bacteria cannot find a way back into the area.

After the tooth has been treated, an impression is taken for the design of a dental crown. A temporary restoration is placed, and you will leave our office feeling much better. In about a week, you will return for the placement of your permanent crown.

At Pure Gold Dental, we are committed to providing each patient with gentle, personalized treatment. Contact our office to schedule your visit.

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