Patients in Hanford, CA ask, “What is the purpose of a root canal?”

When a painful toothache strikes, it is time to contact a dentist. Patients in Hanford, CA and the surrounding areas know they can count on gentle and compassionate treatment at Hanford Family Dental Center. Sometimes, a toothache can be a sign of an infection. Highly skilled dentist Dr. Nikunj Raiyani can provide root canal treatment that removes the infection, relieves pain, and restores health and function to the smile. Many patients will ask, “What is the purpose of a root canal?” Dr. Raiyani is happy to explain.

Learning about the tooth anatomy

It is important to understand the tooth makeup. The root canal is comprised of nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues. When a tooth becomes damaged, an infection can develop. The dental pulp dies and the body will react with an inflammatory response. It is critical to seek treatment when a toothache or other warning signs of infection appear including an abscessed tooth, swollen or tender gums, tooth discoloration, or sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages. Left untreated, the infection can affect the bloodstream.

Understanding the purpose of root canals

Although root canals have a bad reputation, the truth is they are nothing to fear. They actually provide pain relief and are typically painless. The affected area can be properly numbed during the procedure to provide the utmost patient comfort.

Do you want to explore root canal treatment? During a consultation, Dr. Raiyani will examine the mouth, teeth, and gums. We may use digital x-rays as well as an intra-oral camera to detect issues that may be unnoticed by the unassisted eye. If a root canal is recommended, Dr. Raiyani will devise a treatment plan with you. During the procedure, Dr. Raiyani will carefully clean the canal of debris and the infection. The root canal will be disinfected before it is filled and sealed. A dental filling and possibly a dental crown will be used to protect the tooth. A porcelain dental crown can add natural beauty and optimal function to the smile.

Do you have a painful toothache? Do not delay treatment. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Raiyani today by calling (559) 530-8080 .

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