A Root Canal Repairs the Infected Root of a Tooth

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Tooth decay that has been left unchecked can damage more than just the enamel of the tooth. It can also lead to an infection in the dentin layer as well as the root. In a situation like this, the root might be infected, requiring the dentist to perform a root canal.

Early symptoms of a tooth that needs a root canal include a large area of decayed enamel with sensitivity and pain. It could also be a result of a large filling that has fallen out or pain in the tooth. Left unresolved, the pain in the tooth might slowly go away, leaving the tooth numb, yet still damaged.

A root canal requires two separate appointments. At the first appointment, your dentist with take some x-rays to assess the extent of the infection. The dentist will then remove damaged enamel to give them access to the infected root. They will then remove the infected material and rebuild the root structure with a rubbery material called gutta-percha. This also allows them to create an abutment to anchor a crown.

A crown effectively replaces the enamel of your tooth, restoring the full function of your mouth. This involves the dentist taking impression of the area that will be sent to a dental laboratory where that makes your permanent crown.

The new permanent crown is then cemented in place at a brief second appointment.

If you have a tooth has been damaged or suffers from excessive decay, please call us at 785-539-5949 to schedule an appointment.