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Root Canal Therapy in Wilmington

The dentists and their staff at Wilmington Family Dental hope you never have a serious toothache. If you do, however, then we want you to know you should contact our office immediately. Whether your toothache is sharp or dull, consistent or intermittent, one thing is certain—that pain means something is wrong with your tooth. Very likely you have an infected tooth that requires a root canal in Wilmington.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal, also called root canal therapy in Wilmington, is a common dental procedure that removes infection from within the pulp chamber of your tooth. How does a tooth become infected? It all starts like any other infection—with bacteria.

Millions of bacteria call your mouth home. Inside a healthy tooth is the pulp chamber, where blood, lymph and nerve tissue ferry nutrients in and waste out through root canals. Normally, the chamber and canals are well protected by a tooth’s two other layers, enamel and dentin. However, if there is a large cavity, a loose filling, or a deep crack, then bacteria may be able to enter the pulp chamber. When this happens, infection has a chance to begin.

What Does an Infected Tooth Feel Like?

For most people, tooth infection causes terrible pain because of the inflammation inside your tooth. However, every now and then we look at an x-ray that shows infection but the patient hasn’t felt any discomfort. Therefore, maintaining regular dental checkups is extremely important.

Other outward signs that may indicate you have an infected tooth are:

What Happens During a Root Canal?

First of all, a root canal is not painful! Unfortunately, the procedure has a false reputation of being uncomfortable, but nothing could be further from the truth. With a local anesthetic gently delivered to the tooth and surrounding soft tissue, you’ll be comfortable while your dentist works on your tooth.

Working through a small access hole, the dentist removes the infection, debris and the tissue contents of the tooth. Fortunately, a tooth can function well without this living tissue. Once the space is cleaned, a disinfectant is applied and the tooth is filled with a biocompatible material that supports the tooth and prevents recontamination. Finally, the tooth is sealed and prepared for a dental crown.

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