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Like many pains, toothaches can vary in terms of seriousness, and when severe tooth decay is involved, certain dental care procedures might be necessary.
Some people have heard of root canals but don't really know what happens when a patient undergoes such a procedure. Understanding what is happening while dental work is being performed can ease the anxiety some people feel before going to the dentist.
When a patient goes for a root canal, the dentist will begin by removing the nerve and closing the space left in the gums with a filler that will protect the skin from bacteria. If the natural crown is damaged, the dentist will then plant a root post in the canal that will be the anchor for the material he will use to repair the damaged tooth.
The American Dental Association (ADA) says that root canal procedures normally involve little to no discomfort. Moreover, they allow patients to keep teeth that wouldn't have been salvageable several decades ago before root canals were performed. The ADA also says they don't normally require more than three visits to the dentist.
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