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Root Canals

While many patients think of extreme pain and discomfort when it comes to a root canal, the opposite is true. Root canals don't hurt if they're managed properly. Dr. Rea has been completing root canals for over 27 years, and continues to offer them as a first line of defense from losing a tooth. Root canals are oftentimes necessary when the nerve inside the tooth has died, whether it's from trauma, fracture, decay, or an abscess.

Root canals are done within one appointment. Dr. Rea starts by isolating the tooth and making an access into the canal with a dental drill. Using a rotary file, she cleans out and disinfects the canals of the tooth, which are the areas inside the tooth that go down into the roots. After the tooth has been disinfected and the dental pulp removed, Dr. Rea then fills the tooth. If the tooth that received the root canal therapy resides near the back of the mouth, a dental crown may be required in order to provide further protection for the weakened tooth to keep it from cracking, breaking, or chipping.

The procedure itself is virtually painless when handled correctly with medications, aesthetics, and sedation if necessary. If a root canal is necessary due to an infection, antibiotics are administered in order to kill the bacteria. If the bacteria is still present, it can change the pH of the anesthetic and will not allow it to work properly. This can result in difficulty numbing the tooth for the procedure. Drug management before and after a root canal will keep it from being painful or uncomfortable for the patient.

Dr. Rea has years of experience offering root canal therapy and can provide the care and assistance you need in order to address any pain or discomfort you are feeling due to a difficult, traumatized tooth. Regardless of the cause, a root canal is a great way to save a tooth. While cosmetic dentistry allows Dr. Rea to use a bridge, implant, or denture to restore the area if a tooth requires extraction, root canals are the first important step to take in order to save the natural tooth.
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