When patients think of root canal treatment, they often have a negative association due to thoughts of pain and discomfort. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. It is often pain that brings patients to the dentist, and they find out that the best way to eliminate pain is to perform root canal treatment.

A root canal, also called “endodontic therapy,” is done to remove the inner portion of the tooth known as the dental pulp. This is a mass of tissues that is found at the center of the tooth. It contains the nerves and blood vessels that keep the tooth alive. Root canal therapy is done to remove the infected dental pulp, which deadens the tooth – eliminating the nerves that cause the sensation of pain. After the pulp has been removed, the inside of the tooth is disinfected and then filled with a substance called gutta percha. This material is almost like rubber and helps in sealing off the tooth to keep bacteria from entering. Additionally, the tooth is sealed with composite resin bonding and many times a dental crown is bonded over the top of the tooth. This is done to protect the tooth structure, as it can become brittle after root canal therapy.

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Root canal therapy is a relatively common procedure done when a tooth has an abscess, has become infected, or has an extremely large cavity. Patients often experience a toothache, which brings them into Pleasant Dental® for an examination by Dr. Dean Dietrich and his team. If it is determined that root canal therapy is necessary, it may be done during the same appointment if time allows. Most dental insurance plans will cover a portion of endodontic treatment so it is important for patients to bring their insurance cards to their visit.

If you live in the area of Dolton and are experiencing discomfort, you may benefit from root canal treatment. Dr. Dean Dietrich and the professionals at Pleasant Dental® welcome new patients into their practice for a wide range of general, restorative, and aesthetic dentistry options.

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