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Getting to the bottom of root canals with a dentist in Longview

Sadly, some people say that they would rather face a firing squad than have a root canal – you might even be one of them. Well, let's pull you back from the firing line and give you a little information about root canals so that you can make a better decision.

Brief description: a root canal is oral surgery during which the dentist drills into the chewing surface of the tooth using a dental drill and will remove the dental pulp and root canal system while leaving the external framework in place. During the procedure, the dentist will also disinfect the canals to ensure that any bacteria are successfully killed. A root canal is typically a last resort dental procedure, which means that the dentist will only perform a root canal when there are no other options available to save the tooth.

Why does a root canal become necessary? Poor dental hygiene or systemic infections can cause bacteria to grow unchecked and infiltrate the root of the tooth. The root becomes infected and this infection can grow, spreading to the jaw and then into the blood stream which may result in sepsis. To prevent further damage to the tooth and future infections, a root canal is performed; effectively cutting out the bad tissue and filling the void left with gutta-percha polymer, cement and a sealant. Gutta-percha is a natural polymer that is derived from the latex taken from the percha tree, a tree native to Southeast Asia. Because it is made from a natural substance there are little to no negative effects when using it as a filling for a root canal procedure.

While just the thought of sitting through a root canal can leave some quivering in their seats, you'll find that when your root canal is performed by a qualified and caring dental professional, it isn't scary. To learn more about root canals (what they are, what the procedure entails, and recovery time) from a dentist in Longview, contact Dr. Karen Frazer Rea and her skilled and friendly staff at their state-of-the-art dental clinic.
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