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What Is a Root Canal?

October 22, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Walter Peavler
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A root canal is an area at the center of your tooth’s root that houses the nerves and pulp. When this area is infected, it is called a root canal infection. This infection requires immediate treatment to restore your tooth to health, prevent loss, and eliminate pain.

Your dentist in Winchester, KY, provides gentle root canal treatment.

Reasons You Have a Root Canal Infection

Root canal infections occur when bacteria or infection reaches the root. This is typically due to a breach in the tooth enamel or an injury that exposes the root. It can also occur in a tooth that has lost its crown or filling.

Signs of a Root Canal Infection

Rarely, you’ll experience no symptoms if you’ve damaged the tooth’s nerve and it is unable to conduct pain. However, most of the time, you’ll notice the following:

  • Toothache or increased tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw or face swelling near the site of the sore tooth
  • A blister or bump on the gum near the infected tooth
  • Tooth discoloration—darkening or a stained appearance

Remember, you don’t have to have all the above symptoms to have a root infection, which is why it’s essential to contact your emergency dentist in Winchester if you have a toothache or other oral changes.

Root Canal Treatment Steps

Step #1 Visiting Your Dentist

The next step is the treatment if you’re diagnosed with a root canal infection during your emergency dental visit.

Step #2 Clearing the Tooth Infection

Your dentist makes a tiny hole in the tooth under general anesthesia and removes the infected nerves and pulp.

Step #3 Cleaning and Closing

We wash the canal and close it with a temporary filling to promote healing.

Step #4 Dental Crown

After a week or two, you come in for a custom tooth crown. This is necessary to protect the vulnerable tooth from future issues like breakage and fractures.

Contact Your General Dentist in Winchester, KY

If you have a toothache or other oral health issue, contact a compassionate dental team member to arrange a visit with the dentist.

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