The thought of a root canal may cause anxiety and fear in many people. But there’s no reason for that. Today’s root canals are easy to perform and relieve the pain and suffering of toothache. A root canal is used to save the tooth instead of extracting it. This can save your bite, retain the position of your teeth, and restore your smile. A root canal removes the infected or damaged pulp from the inside of your tooth and repairs the damage by the addition of a composite filling which matches the color and texture of your natural tooth. Your doctor may also choose to place a natural looking ceramic or composite crown over the tooth to further protect it.
Why You May Need a Root Canal
There are many reasons your doctor may recommend a root canal. A poorly fitted crown, repeated dental procedures, or a defective filling may also cause damage and inflammation to the pulp. Deep cracks, and even cracks which can’t be seen can also cause damage and inflammation. One of the most common reasons is an infection in the pulp of the tooth. Your teeth are covered by a hard layer called dentin. This is the white enamel which protects the tooth. Cracks or damage to the dentin may let bacteria into the soft inner layer called the pulp. The is where the nerves and blood vessels reside. Damage and infection to the pulp can cause pain and sensitivity. By removing the pulp your doctor can save your tooth and relieve your pain.
Root Canal Procedure
Contrary to popular belief, today’s root canals are performed much like a traditional filling. First the doctor will take x-rays and digital images to examine the tooth and jaw. A local anesthesia is administered so you feel no discomfort during the procedure. During the root canal your doctor removes the pulp and the tooth is disinfected and cleaned. It is then filled with a material called gutta-percha which is a rubber like substance. Next a crown or filling is placed to protect and strengthen the tooth. Your pain is gone and your smile is restored. Ceramic crowns and composite fillings can be crafted to match the color and grooves of your natural teeth to give you a completely natural looking result. Once the inflamed pulp is removed your pain is relieved and your doctor can then repair and restore your tooth.
Benefits of a Root Canal
The major benefit of a root canal is that your tooth is saved. Your bite is retained and your smile is restored. A root canal promotes efficient chewing and protects your other teeth from excessive strain or wear. Another major benefit of a root canal is relief from pain. A damaged or infected tooth can be very painful and cause distress when eating or drinking.
Don’t suffer with tooth pain when treatment is quick and easy. Call or contact us today and ask about the benefits of a root canal. We believe you should be pain free and have the best smile possible. We look forward to hearing from you very soon!