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What Is a Root Canal, Anyway?

Many of our patients have probably heard of a root canal, but probably fewer of them actually know what a root canal is. Your root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of your tooth and course their way vertically downward until they reach the tip of your root. Because all of your teeth have 1-4 root canals, many problems arise with infections that spread to your tooth’s pulp (the inner chamber containing your tooth’s blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues).

Once the infection spreads to your roots, it can create several pain and sensitivity issues and even pockets of pus leading to the formation of an abscess. Thankfully, Plymouth Family Dentistry offers root canal therapy for our Plymouth patients to help alleviate this painful condition.

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Root Canal Therapy for Plymouth Patients

Root canal therapy is a method of treatment involving the removal of a tooth’s diseased tissue, which stops the spread of infection and helps to restore the healthy remaining portion of your tooth. Prior to the advent of root canal therapy, the only alternative for treatment was a tooth extraction. Root canal therapy makes it possible to save a problematic tooth for both aesthetic and functional purposes.

Root canal therapy usually requires 1-3 visits to our Plymouth office. During the first visit, we’ll drill a small hole through the top of your tooth and into its inner chamber. We’ll then remove the diseased tissue, clean and disinfect the tooth’s inner chamber and help reshape the tiny root canals by filling them with an elastic material and medication designed to reduce infection. Sometimes we have to fill the drilled hole temporarily until we can create a permanent seal with a crown.

Have Questions about Root Canal Therapy?

Most patients who have undergone root canal therapy in our Plymouth office experience relatively little to no discomfort or pain. However, this will vary from individual to individual. One thing is clear: they all enjoy the benefits of having a restored tooth that should last almost as long as the rest of their natural teeth. Contact Plymouth Family Dentistry today for more information about this type of procedure or to schedule an appointment with our dentist. If you’ve been noticing soreness, pain, or anything else making your teeth and mouth uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule an appointment. Reach out to our office by calling 574-936-0644 at your earliest convenience!