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What do you think of when you hear the term root canal? Root canals are a common solution for an infected or inflamed tooth which is causing a painful toothache. Unfortunately, it is also not uncommon for people to react with nervousness when they hear that a root canal may be in order. But we reassure our patients that the purpose of a root canal is to relieve their pain and save their tooth, returning it to normal function.

In reality, a root canal is very similar to a dental filling restoration and you will be comfortable during the procedure. Truly, at Alberto A. Herrero, DDS, our goal is to relieve your tooth pain while saving your tooth.

If you look at what makes up your tooth, this can help you better understand a root canal procedure. The part of the tooth that is seen is the tough outer layer of tooth enamel. This covering protects the dentin below it which in turn protects the tooth pulp. The tooth pulp is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. It is the pulp that benefits from a root canal treatment when there is infection or inflammation.

Now let’s break down what a root canal procedure looks like:

— X-rays will have been taken to determine the location of the infection/inflammation.

— The tooth will receive a local numbing agent to make the experience comfortable.

— The infected pulp will be removed and the area thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

— A rubbery material called gutta-percha will be placed in the cleaned and disinfected area to fill and seal the tooth.

— A temporary filling material will be placed over the gutta-percha until a permanent filling or crown can be placed on the tooth. One the tooth is restored it will function normally again.

So you see, if a root canal treatment is recommended to save your tooth, you can look forward to being pain-free and using the tooth normally again! To find out more, or to schedule a visit with Dr. Alberto A. Herrero, please call 734-222-9140 today. Our experienced team in Ann Arbor, Michigan is happy to bring back your healthy smile with our dental restorations.