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Do you know what a root canal is? Or better yet, do you know if you need one? Chances are, unless you know someone who’s had a root canal before, you don’t know the answer to either of those questions.

So let’s take a few minutes so touch on both of those questions and explain more about the root canal process.

A root canal is designed to fix problems with your dental pulp. Dental pulp is the soft tissue that lives inside your teeth and contains all the nerves, blood vessels, and tissue your teeth need to function properly. However, when a tooth becomes infected – either through decay or an abscess – you’ll likely need a root canal to save your tooth. If the pulp starts to die, so will your tooth.

Tooth decay is why you’ll need a root canal. You can combat this risk by sticking to a strict oral health regimen. Our team here at Crossroads Dental in Chesapeake,Virginia can help you establish an oral health regimen if you need that service.

Now, a root canal is performed by taking the top of your tooth off and accessing the pulp inside. The infected pulp is removed, and then any part of your tooth touched by infected pulp is thoroughly cleaned. Then, a crown is created to replace the top of your tooth that was removed during the process.

If you think you’re in need of a root canal, or have more questions about how to preserve the health of your teeth, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at 757-541-2168.