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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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What is a Root Canal, and Can You Avoid Having It Done?

by Myrtle Banks

When someone hears that they need a root canal, they may immediately be thinking of a very painful procedure that takes days for recovery, and which might be very expensive. In truth, a root canal often isn't as painful today as it once was; an endodontist, a dentist specializing in this procedure, may use a laser rather than cutting the tooth root as needed, which can reduce the pain of the procedure. No matter the expense or discomfort, you may want to consider having it done when necessary. Note a few details about a root canal and when you may need it, and why you probably shouldn't think about avoiding the procedure.

The tooth root

A root canal involves a small surgical procedure on the tooth root, or the pulp and nerves under the tooth covering itself. Very often this root will be cleaned and some tissue may be scraped away. The tooth covering is removed for the endodontist to reach this root area, and it is then put back into place after the surgery. In some cases, you may need a cap over the tooth if the tooth itself is damaged.

Why it's necessary

A root canal is not a procedure that is recommended lightly, and it's not done for aesthetic reasons; this procedure is performed when the tooth root has an infection or severe damage that cannot heal on its own. Note, too, that the damage addressed by a root canal has reached beyond the tooth covering itself. You might crack or chip a tooth and it can be repaired with a bonding agent or cap, but if a root canal is recommended, this means that an infection has set in or the nerves of the teeth have been damaged. This is beyond a normal cavity in the tooth, which typically doesn't include a tooth infection.

Putting off a root canal

You may not want to go through with a root canal, but note that putting it off can mean that the infection causes damage to the bones of the jaw and may result in tooth loss. The infection can also cause painful swelling of the gums and cheek area. An infection can also spread in the body; it may travel to another, weaker area of the body and simply grow so that your entire health is suffering. Rather than risk these complications, consider having a root canal when it's been recommended no matter the discomfort or the cost.