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By J. Michael Plyler, DDS, PA
November 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A toothache is a frustrating situation which can make it seem like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Luckily, a root canal can help root canalyour toothache instantly, allowing you to walk out of your dentist’s office pain-free. But what is a root canal? How does it work? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. J. Michael Plyler at his practice in Hot Springs, AR.

What is a root canal? 
Though it may seem so from the outside, the tooth is hollow. Inside the hollow portion is the tooth’s pulp, made up of nerves and blood vessels. When the pulp becomes damaged or decayed, it causes the nerves to feel pain, causing a toothache. A root canal clears out the infected tissue from within the tooth, removing the nerve and deadening the tooth, resulting in it not being able to feel pain and curing the toothache. After removing the infected tissue, your dentist scrubs the inside of the tooth and down its root canals, ensuring no infection is left behind. Your dentist then fills the cleaned tooth with filling materials and restores its structure and function.

Can a root canal help my tooth? 
If you have a toothache, your dentist may be able to avoid an extraction by using a root canal to restore the tooth. While an extraction seems like the fast and easy option, it actually comes with a slew of side effects which can affect your teeth long term and cause future issues. You may also need a root canal if your tooth has become damaged, cracked, or broken. Your dentist may also suggest a dental crown which fits over the tooth after the root canal to protect it and restore its biting surface after it receives the large filling.

Root Canal Therapy in Hot Springs, AR
If you think you should receive a root canal, you can consult with your dentist at a regular dental examination and professional cleaning to ensure that this is the best procedure for you. For more information on root canal therapy, please contact Dr. Plyler at his practice in Hot Springs, AR. Call (501) 623-7113 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Plyler today!