Fort Des Moines Dental Services » Root Canal Treatment

root canal treatment des moines A root canal is when the pulp chamber of the tooth (which includes the nerve and blood vessels) is cleaned and shaped then filled with a natural substance called gutta-percha.

A root canal treatment is necessary when the nerve tissue is damaged. This can be caused by bacteria from decay fracture or from trauma. If the damaged nerve if left untreated it can lead to infection and abscess formation. If this happens the infection can spread to the glands and facial tissues and have serious consequences.

Do I not have to worry about the removal of the nerves?

During root canal, your tooth’s nerve and pulp are removed. So, doesn’t it affect your body’s health? Thankfully, the nerves are not vital to the function of your teeth. They only help you get the sensation of heat and cold. Your daily life isn’t going to be affected by the removal of your nerves. The pulp is removed because the pulp chamber can be a place where bacteria grow and thrive, and cause infections or even serious problems including abscess formation, bone loss or swelling of the face, neck or head. If you are experiencing the following symptoms, you may need root canal treatment:

  • Hot and/or cold sensitivity
  • Pain upon biting
  • Swelling in the gum tissue and/or face
  • Spontaneous pain, especially if it awakens you during sleep

What should I know about root canal treatment?

A shadow at the end of the root, visible on an x-ray, indicates bone damage from a tooth infection. The procedure itself isn’t painful, in spite of common beliefs. In fact, the time before which you finally decide to have a root canal treatment is often the most painful period.

Most root canal treatment can be performed here at Fort Des Moines Dental Clinic in one visit. Sometimes difficult or unusual cases are referred to a specialist called a endodontist. To inquire about Fort Des Moines Root Canal Treatment service call (515) 287-5400 or email now!

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