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Wichita KS dentist explains what occurs during a dental Root Canal procedure

Root canal therapy is, for some, a 'necessary evil.'� However, a dental root canal procedure is not nearly as “evil” as some patients seem to believe. Many individuals hear horror stories of dental procedures-including root canals-and assume they are painful and intolerable. Instead, root canal procedures, when paired with proper sedation and anesthetic, are a comfortable procedure for all.

A dental root canal procedure may be necessary for a Wichita, KS patient who has trauma or damage to the nerves within the tooth. Deep cavities and trauma can affect the dental pulp, which is the tissue inside a natural tooth that keeps it alive with blood supply and nerves. When damaged, these nerves can cause pain and discomfort. Patients with a sudden toothache may have damaged dental pulp and require root canal therapy to address it.

During root canal therapy, the dentist at East Wichita Dentist will drill into the tooth to access the dental pulp. The pulp is removed from the tooth and the inner canals are disinfected and cleaned. The dentist finishes the root canal by filling and sealing the tooth. In most instances, a dental crown is created and bonded over the top. This provides sufficient protection of the tooth to keep it from cracking, chipping, or requiring extraction.

Root canals are sometimes needed to maintain a natural tooth. It is important to keep the natural teeth whenever possible for the best in oral health. Removing a tooth via extraction requires that a patient consider a variety of restorative treatments to maintain his or her beautiful smile and the way in which it functions. Dentures, bridges, or dental implants may be required to keep a smile intact, and can be expensive and troublesome for many. Maintaining a tooth with a root canal is more affordable and beneficial to one’s dental health.

At East Wichita Dentist, we provide friendly, quality care to patients of all ages. If you live in the Wichita, KS area and need general or cosmetic dentistry, our practice is here for new and existing patients. Call us today to learn more about our services, including root canal therapy, teeth whitening, restorative treatments, and other procedures for both children and adults.
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