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Have you been experiencing intense discomfort in one of your teeth? Has it been going on for some time? Living with a constant source of discomfort can be draining and can even take a toll on you emotionally. You may have an infection inside of your tooth that could require a root canal to relieve your discomfort.

What is a root canal?
It is a treatment where our dentist removes the tooth’s pulp, which is a very small tissue that is located in the center of the tooth. Once the diseased, damaged or dead pulp is gone, the remaining space is cleaned and then filled, sealing off the actual root canal.

What can cause damage to the pulp?
Some of the most common causes are:
-A deep cavity
-A cracked tooth
-An injury to the tooth

Once a tooth’s pulp becomes infected, if not treated, an abscess can form that could ultimately destroy the bone surrounding the tooth.

How is a root canal done?
-An opening is made in the crown of a molar or in the back of the tooth.
-When the pulp is removed, the remaining space is cleaned, enlarged and shaped to prepare it to be filled.
-The pulp chamber and root canal will be permanently filled, often with a rubbery material called a gutta-percha.
-Finally, a crown is typically placed to restore the tooth’s natural appearance and overall shape.

If you live in the Lenexa, Kansas, area and would like more information on root canals, call Oak Park Family Dental to set up an appointment with Drs. Jensen, Huynh or Kisling at 913-492-9660.