A root canal is often something that people think of as a painful procedure, but it’s actually one of the most effective ways to treat and save a tooth that may otherwise be lost to decay. If you are in need of a root canal, the student dentist at The Dental Clinic at Roseman University in South Jordan can provide this treatment at affordable rates that are significantly lower than what you would pay at most private dental practices.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
Under the smooth white enamel of your tooth there are two layers: a hard layer called dentin and a soft tissue layer called pulp. Inside the pulp you find blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues that connect your tooth to your jawbone and help it develop properly.
Common signs of inflammation or infection include prolonged or significant sensitivity to heat or cold, pain or tenderness when you touch the tooth or while chewing, tooth discoloration, swelling in the gums, or drainage and tenderness in lymph nodes or in nearby bone and gum tissues. When inflammation reaches the pulp it damages the tooth, and may be caused by:
- Significant tooth decay that gets through the enamel and dentin
- Repeated dental procedures on one tooth that weaken outer layers
- Faulty dental crowns
- Cracks or chips in the tooth that leave the root exposed
- Trauma to the tooth, even in cases where there is no visible crack or chip in the tooth exterior
Left untreated, damage to the pulp of the tooth will eventually lead to significant pain, abscess, and eventually tooth extraction.
The Root Canal Procedure
To treat root canals, your student dentist will find the infected or inflamed pulp, then carefully remove it and clean the inside of the tooth. He or she will fill the tooth interior with a rubber material called gutta-percha, then cover the tooth with a crown or fill it in to provide an added layer of protection.
While most people think of a root canal as a prolonged and painful experience, in many cases it is similar to getting a filling and can be done in one or two appointments with limited pain during and after the treatment. This procedure also saves your natural tooth, which helps preserve your ability to chew and bite normally, allows you to keep your beautiful natural smile, and protects surrounding teeth from damage.
At The Dental Clinic at Roseman University, our student dentists and faculty use state-of-the-art technology to ensure proper treatment. Root canals require precision and care, including digital imaging before and after to make sure they are properly sealed, and instruments to accurately locate the area to be treated, then remove and seal the canals.
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