WHAT HAPPENS DURING AROOT CANAL ?-PART VYou will need a root canal if your tooth has damage toits dental pulp, the soft tissue that surrounds nerves inthe center of the tooth.The most common causes of pulp nerve damage are: Infection. This is often caused by tooth decay(cavity) reaching the nerve or a cracked tooth. Thiscan allow harmful bacteria to reach the nerve,resulting in infection and decay.Injury. An injury to a tooth or the jaw can causedamage to sensitive nerve tissue in the tooth.Without treatment, the infected dental pulp will spreadto the bone around the tooth. This makes it unable tohold the tooth in place.Alternatives to a Root CanalThe only alternative to a root canal procedure ishaving the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge,implant, or removable partial denture to restore chewingfunction and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. Thesealternatives not only are more expensive than a rootcanal procedure but require more treatment time andadditional procedures to adjacent teeth and supportingtissues.Root Canal PreventionSince some of the reasons why the nerve of a toothand its pulp become inflamed and infected are due todeep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth and/or large fillings, following good oral hygiene practices(brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, andscheduling regular dental visits) may reduce the need fora root canal procedure. Trauma resulting from a sports-related injury can be reduced by wearing a mouth guard.Presented as a service to the community byPresented as a service to the community byDr. Barbara Webster1121 Warren Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60515630-663-0554SM-CL1743376 WHAT HAPPENS DURING A ROOT CANAL ?-PART V You will need a root canal if your tooth has damage to its dental pulp, the soft tissue that surrounds nerves in the center of the tooth. The most common causes of pulp nerve damage are:  Infection. This is often caused by tooth decay (cavity) reaching the nerve or a cracked tooth. This can allow harmful bacteria to reach the nerve, resulting in infection and decay. Injury. An injury to a tooth or the jaw can cause damage to sensitive nerve tissue in the tooth. Without treatment, the infected dental pulp will spread to the bone around the tooth. This makes it unable to hold the tooth in place. Alternatives to a Root Canal The only alternative to a root canal procedure is having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant, or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. These alternatives not only are more expensive than a root canal procedure but require more treatment time and additional procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues. Root Canal Prevention Since some of the reasons why the nerve of a tooth and its pulp become inflamed and infected are due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth and/ or large fillings, following good oral hygiene practices (brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and scheduling regular dental visits) may reduce the need for a root canal procedure. Trauma resulting from a sports- related injury can be reduced by wearing a mouth guard. Presented as a service to the community by Presented as a service to the community by Dr. Barbara Webster 1121 Warren Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60515 630-663-0554 SM-CL1743376

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WHAT HAPPENS DURING A ROOT CANAL ?-PART V You will need a root canal if your tooth has damage to its dental pulp, the soft tissue that surrounds nerves in the center of the tooth. The most common causes of pulp nerve damage are: Infection. This is often caused by tooth decay (cavity) reaching the nerve or a cracked tooth. This can allow harmful bacteria to reach the nerve, resulting in infection and decay. Injury. An injury to a tooth or the jaw can cause damage to sensitive nerve tissue in the tooth. Without treatment, the infected dental pulp will spread to the bone around the tooth. This makes it unable to hold the tooth in place. Alternatives to a Root Canal The only alternative to a root canal procedure is having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant, or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. These alternatives not only are more expensive than a root canal procedure but require more treatment time and additional procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues. Root Canal Prevention Since some of the reasons why the nerve of a tooth and its pulp become inflamed and infected are due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth and/ or large fillings, following good oral hygiene practices (brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and scheduling regular dental visits) may reduce the need for a root canal procedure. Trauma resulting from a sports- related injury can be reduced by wearing a mouth guard. Presented as a service to the community by Presented as a service to the community by Dr. Barbara Webster 1121 Warren Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60515 630-663-0554 SM-CL1743376 WHAT HAPPENS DURING A ROOT CANAL ?-PART V You will need a root canal if your tooth has damage to its dental pulp, the soft tissue that surrounds nerves in the center of the tooth. The most common causes of pulp nerve damage are: Infection. This is often caused by tooth decay (cavity) reaching the nerve or a cracked tooth. This can allow harmful bacteria to reach the nerve, resulting in infection and decay. Injury. An injury to a tooth or the jaw can cause damage to sensitive nerve tissue in the tooth. Without treatment, the infected dental pulp will spread to the bone around the tooth. This makes it unable to hold the tooth in place. Alternatives to a Root Canal The only alternative to a root canal procedure is having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant, or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. These alternatives not only are more expensive than a root canal procedure but require more treatment time and additional procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues. Root Canal Prevention Since some of the reasons why the nerve of a tooth and its pulp become inflamed and infected are due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth and/ or large fillings, following good oral hygiene practices (brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and scheduling regular dental visits) may reduce the need for a root canal procedure. Trauma resulting from a sports- related injury can be reduced by wearing a mouth guard. Presented as a service to the community by Presented as a service to the community by Dr. Barbara Webster 1121 Warren Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60515 630-663-0554 SM-CL1743376

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