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My teeth were starting to deteriorate, and I was running out of options to repair them. The dentist gave me a choice. I could wait until the bone loss was so bad that I would have to have my teeth removed and get dentures, or I could have them removed now and get dental implants. I opted for the implants. If you’re thinking of getting dental implants, you probably have a lot of questions. I love mine, but they took some getting used to. In this blog, I’m sharing my experience and all the information that I picked up throughout my implant experience. You can find out what the procedure entails, how to prepare for your implants, and how to care for them once they’re in.


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Root Canal Procedures: Everything You Should Know

by Alfredo Moore

About 26% of adults lose all their teeth by the time they reach 74 years. The best way to avoid this and maintain your overall health is to save as many of your natural teeth as you can. If some of your teeth are decayed and painful, you don't need to have them removed. You should consider root canal procedures.

What Are Root Canals?

Root canals are small passageways through the root of a tooth that contain blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. When the blood vessels or nerves sustain damage over time, root canals are compromised. This can lead to serious dental problems, including pain, infection, abscesses, and tooth loss.

Root canal procedures are used to remove the diseased tissues in the root canal system of a tooth, clean up the area by removing infection with endodontic files, and seal off root canals with a root canal filling material.

In other words, root-canal therapies remove the pulp from inside a tooth. This procedure saves teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted because of deep cavities or root fractures.

What Do Root Canal Procedures Entail?

Root-canal treatments usually begin with a simple examination of the tooth, where the dentist will try to determine whether there is any damage that needs attention. Root canal therapy will most likely be performed if there are root fractures or deep cavities inside the tooth.

The tooth must first be numbed so that the patient does not feel any pain during the procedure. Once this has been accomplished, a drill can be used to open a small hole just large enough for a tiny root-canal file to fit through.

The dentist will then begin removing the inside of the tooth where the pulp is present. The canals that once contained the root pulp are then thoroughly cleaned, and a root filling is placed. After the tooth has been treated, it will be filled with a temporary material so that it will be ready for a dental crown, root canal filling, or root canal obturation.

The tooth will typically be extra sensitive after the procedure, but this should subside as it begins to heal. You may be advised to wear a dental appliance that is custom-fitted for root-canal treatment to protect the treated tooth until it has completely healed.

As with any dental procedure, there are some side effects that you should be aware of before getting a root canal treatment. For instance, some patients might experience a little bleeding after the procedure, but this should only last for a few hours. Pain and discomfort are also possible.


If you're considering having a tooth extracted because it's too badly decayed or damaged, talk to a dentist about what other options are available. Root canal procedures can save the tooth and restore its health without any need for extraction if done in time.