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[spoiler title=”Why Do I need a Root Canal?” open=”0″ style=”2″ ] Because the tooth will not heal by itself.Without treatment, the infection will spread, bone around the tooth will begin to degenerate, and the tooth may fall-out. Pain usually worsens until one is forced to seek emergency dental attention The only alternative is usually extraction of the tooth, which can cause surrounding teeth to shift crookedly, resulting in a bad bite.[/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”What is the Dental Pulp?” open=”0″ style=”2″]Inside the tooth is a hollow chamber filled with soft tissue. This soft tissue is the “pulp”. It consists of a nerve, vein, arteriole, and lymphatic tissue. The pulp is living tissue whose job it is to maintain the tooth in a healthy state.[/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”Why Does a Pulp Die?” open=”0″ style=”2″ ]If infected by bacteria the pulp can get abscessed. When this occurs the infected pulp swells like an infected finger would. The problem is since the pulp is encased in hard tooth structure, there is no place to swell. Thus you will experience moderate to intense pain, and then the pulp dies. The entire tooth fills with bacteria and it must be either extracted or root canaled.[/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”How is a Root Canal Done?” open=”0″ style=”2″ ]First the tooth is opened, giving the doctor access to the pulp chamber. The dead tissue and bacteria are cleaned out with very small files that go down to the end of the root. The pulp chamber and the canals are enlarged and flushed with a germicide until they are clean. The canals are then filled to obdurate them, in other words, to totally block them out so the space cannot harbor bacteria again.[/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”Why Must a Tooth Be Crowned after a Root Canal?” open=”0″ style=”2″]Once a tooth has been treated with a root canal, it is non living and very brittle. If a root canaled jaw tooth is not crowned it will break from chewing pressure and often requires extraction. It is standard dental procedure to crown all jaw teeth needing root canals.[/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”Will I have Discomfort Following Treatment?” open=”0″ style=”2″ ]This is certainly possible. A root canal is a form of surgery and post-operative discomfort can be common. Anything other than discomfort, however, should be brought to our attention.Most discomfort goes away in a few days.[/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”Why do I have to take Antibiotics?” open=”0″ style=”2″ ]An abcessed tooth is infected. We can remove infection causing bacteria inside the tooth, but not from the bone around it. The antibiotic will do that. It is very important to take antibiotics as prescribed.[/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”Can a Root Canal Fail?” open=”0″ style=”2″ ]Yes. Current Endodontic techniques are around 85% successful. If yours is not a success we might refer you to a specialist for further treatment.  About 10% of all teeth will not respond to therapy and require subsequent extraction.[/spoiler]

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