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Root Canals Restore Dental Health

With today’s advancements in technology, root canals are no longer a painful process. The tooth’s canal is cleaned out, filled in with a biologically inert compound and is sealed up to prevent further infection. Many patients sleep right through the procedure and it can be completed in one office visit.

A person’s teeth consist of several important layers. The three most important layers are the outer protective enamel, the dentin, and the inner pulp (aka nerve).

The inner pulp has canals that branch out toward the tip of each tooth. Canals provide a method of absorption for the tooth to get rid of toxins by the use of the body’s blood stream. A tooth fracture or injury and even a deep cavity can make the canal prone to a bacterial infection, which in turn can kill the pulp.

Infections cause increasing pressure on the tooth and unnecessary blood flow. This will cause people to have severe tooth pain, and could lead to bone deterioration and eventually lose of the tooth. The sooner you see your dentist, the less likelihood of losing your tooth. Should the tooth be lost, it will need to be removed and replaced with a prosthetic.

Some post-procedural soreness might be experienced which can simply be relieved by over the counter pain medicines. You can keep a root canal out of your list of things to do, by maintaining proper dental care at home and by visiting Dr. Layton regularly.

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