Get the Facts About Root Canal Therapy

Posted on: June 1, 2015

Root CanalIf you are in need of a root canal, you should receive help today. Don’t wait, or you could risk the life of your tooth and the health of the teeth surrounding it. When you let an infection run rampant, your tooth could die. When your tooth dies, the teeth around it have to work extra hard to complete everyday processes. This puts unnecessary strain on your dental structure and could result in irreversible damage to your teeth and jawbone. You should also have the infection removed to prevent it from spreading to the rest of your teeth. If you would like help getting rid of a dental infection, visit our office for a solution in the form of a root canal.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is the layman’s term for root canal therapy or endodontic therapy. This procedure is used to remove an infection from deep within your tooth. Your tooth is made up of a crown and roots. The crown is the visible part of your tooth. The roots are the lifeline and the anchor of your tooth. Inside of the center of your tooth is the dental pulp. The dental pulp is a combination of tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. When your tooth is growing, the dental pulp and roots are responsible for providing it with nutrients. Once your tooth is fully developed, they only function as a means for feeling. It is not a necessity for the life of your tooth, but if it gets infected, it could be responsible for the death of your tooth.

Fortunately, there is a way to remove the infection by the use of a root canal. Using special, small tools, we can access the interior of your tooth and reach into the root canal. Once we reach this area, we can remove the damaged dental pulp and the infection in and around the area. We will rinse out any other debris and fill in the now empty tooth with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. As a final touch, we will seal off the newly fixed tooth with a restorative and durable crown or cap that is tooth-colored. Following your root canal, your tooth will work and look natural again.

Is a root canal painful?

A root canal in and of itself is not particularly painful because we fully numb the area before the procedure. It should actually remove the pain you are already experiencing due to infection. You may notice discomfort before and after the procedure due to the damage and irritation the infection has caused. Following the root canal therapy, the discomfort will quickly subside within a few days. During this time, allow your tooth to rest and heal. Don’t put pressure on it or chew with it, and use the painkillers we provide or an over the counter painkiller to dull the tenderness.

We hope you consider visiting our office for your root canal. You have the power to save your tooth, and you should use it to protect yourself from future dental troubles.


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