What Happens During Root Canal Treatment?

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The root canal is the space in the center of a tooth where the pulp (nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissues) is located. If you have noticed any of the following, you may have a damaged root canal in Orangeburg, South Carolina:

– Mild to severe discomfort when chewing or applying pressure on the tooth
– Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures that persists after the heat or cold has been removed
– Darkening of a tooth
– Swelling and soreness in the gums near the problem area
– A bump on the gums that is persistent or recurring

Dr. Lambrecht and Dr. West may recommend root canal therapy to save and repair your tooth. During this procedure, an opening is made in the tooth, through which the damaged or infected dental pulp is removed. The root canal will then be thoroughly cleaned. Once our dentists have checked the area to ensure that all bacteria and debris has been removed, the root canal (or canals) are filled with a rubbery material called gutta-percha. Finally, a dental crown is placed over the tooth to restore its shape and strength.

To learn more and to schedule your next visit with our dentists, contact Orangeburg Dental Associates at 803-534-1020 today. Our team looks forward to restoring the health of your smile!