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What Is a Root Canal Filling?

What Is a Root Canal Filling?

Root canal treatment is a routine procedure in dentistry, and one most people have heard of – though unless you have had it, you may not know what is actually involved.

Root canal treatment is done when the pulp inside a tooth has become infected. This can happen as a result of a cavity. The purpose of the treatment is to remove the pulp itself and any bacteria that has grown there. The filling stage of the treatment replaces the pulp with another material – a substance called gutta-percha is regularly used, which has a consistency like rubber and is non-toxic.

Can My Tooth Survive with The Pulp Removed?

The pulp inside a tooth is only important while the tooth is growing. It supplies it with blood and nutrients as it develops. In an adult tooth, it no longer has an important function, so if it becomes diseased, removing it and replacing it with another material doesn’t harm the tooth at all.

Root canal surgery is often the only way to save a tooth, and the procedures involved have become better and better, meaning that now an endodontist (a dentist who practices root canal treatment) can save teeth that would have had to be removed just a few years ago!

Temporary Fillings and Crowns

Once an endodontist has removed tooth pulp and filled the inside of the tooth, they will usually use a temporary filling to seal the opening on the outside of the tooth (the enamel layer). A later appointment is then needed for a permanent crown to be fitted to the tooth. This crown, with proper care, will last a lifetime.

Aftercare for a root canal filling is really just a case of good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups – you will not have to change the things you eat or the way you brush and floss your teeth because you have had a root canal and a crown fitted.

Root canal treatment can avoid painful and dangerous tooth abscesses and also remedy gum and tooth pain you may be experiencing as a result of infection and cavities. Performed with local anesthetic, it causes little to no discomfort and can save a tooth.

If you are in need of root canal treatment, call now to book an appointment with the best endodontist in New York, and put an end to your dental problems!

If you need dental care, call one of the best root canal dentists in New York at 646-205-3045. Our offices are available to help you to get the support and care you need to improve your oral health and protect your teeth.

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