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Although many people may tense up when they hear the words “root canal’ especially when they are in the dentist’s chair, root canals are a very beneficial procedure that can save a tooth that in the past, would have needed to be extracted. Your dentist will remove the infected pulp from your tooth, clean the pulp chamber and insert a material called gutta percha, which will take the place of the missing pulp. The dentist will then place a seal on the interior of the tooth to protect it. In most cases, your root canal should go smoothly, especially if you follow your dentist’s instructions when it comes to your aftercare and any prescription medications for pain, swelling and to fight infection.

But over time, you may experience problems with a tooth that had a root canal. If one of the roots of your tooth is missed during the procedure, the bacteria can cause another infection. Not all cracks in a tooth are easy to detect. Some are so small that they don’t even show up on dental x-rays, and could allow an infection to enter the tooth. The inner seal that was placed on your tooth may erode over time, which can let bacteria find its way in. If you feel pain, or experience swelling, nausea, vomiting, or a fever, you should contact your dentist right away.

If you have a tooth that could use some attention, our dentist, Dr David J. Berg will be happy to see you. If you live in the Sacramento, California, area and would like to schedule an appointment at Studio 1 Dental, call 916.567.0900 today. We look forward to helping you have a healthy smile!