Root Canals in Anchorage
A root canal is a very specialized treatment that is intended to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of having to extract it completely. The root canal procedure involves removing and repairing the damaged area of the tooth, commonly known as the pulp, cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it the tooth back to its natural state.
Some of the common causes affecting the pulp could be a cracked tooth, deep cavity, a repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma to the same tooth thus creating the need to perform a root canal.
The term “root canal” itself comes from the actual root canal procedure which is the actual cleaning of the canals inside the tooth’s root and then repairing the damaged canal.
Many patients are anxious that the old myth that root canals are painful still holds true. The fact is that was an old myth started decades ago but no longer holds true. With today’s major dental advances and local anesthetics, most patients have little if any pain with a root canal.
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So, what is a Root Canal in technical terms?
A root canal treatment consists of several different steps that typically take place over several office visits, depending on the severity and patient’s individual situation. The steps include: