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Did you know that root canals are designed to relieve your pain, not cause it? Symptoms that lead to root canals usually include mild to severe toothaches. Getting a root canal, however, is relatively painless.

If you’ve ever gotten a cavity filled, any pain you will experience is similar—very mild. Dr. Steven J. Brazis will thoroughly numb the area to make sure that you are comfortable while working on your teeth. Millions of teeth are saved every year with root canal therapy.

What’s happening inside your tooth to cause the need for a root canal? To answer this question, you’ll need to know something about the anatomy of a tooth. Your tooth has a few layers. The outer layer is composed of white enamel. The next is a hard layer called dentin. Inside these is the tooth’s pulp, which is made up of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue, all designed to help your permanent teeth come in as a child.

After your teeth have fully developed, however, you no longer need the pulp. The gum tissue surrounding the tooth supports its life instead. If your pulp becomes diseased, Dr. Steven J. Brazis can safely remove the pulp using root canal therapy. Otherwise the rest of the tooth can be infected, leading to a full extraction.

Do you think you need a root canal? Call Steven J. Brazis, DDS in Sacramento, California at 916-731-5151 for an emergency appointment. We’re here to rescue your smile.