All About Root Canals

If you are reading this it is likely because you or someone you know may need a root canal. Let me help ease your mind. There are many misunderstandings and misconceptions of having a root canal so let’s clear it up a little! If I were to ask you what the most painful dental procedure is you would likely say a root canal simply because you have heard someone else express fear about having one performed.

Let’s quickly walk you through the purpose, diagnosis, process, and treatment of a root canal

The purpose of a root canal is to repair and save a tooth that is decayed or infected.

Root Canals are diagnosed by x-rays. A dentist will look at the condition of the tooth root to determine if there is damage or infection to the bone tissue. If there is inflammation or infection in the pulp tissue, deep decay, a faulty crown, injury to the tooth, cracked tooth or repeated dental procedures you may need a root canal.

When the tooth pulp in the tooth becomes infected or damaged, it is carefully removed. The tooth is then cleaned out. Then the tooth is filled and sealed with a rubber-like material to prevent further damage. Then a crown or filling is placed. With anesthesia and the latest techniques a root canal treatment can help you leave the office with less pain than if you simply had the tooth extracted.

Benefits of a Root Canal

There are many reasons we recommend keeping the original tooth. Not only is it cost-effective to keep your original tooth instead of having a bridge placed, the healing time is significantly less than tooth extraction. If you work hard at maintaining good dental hygiene habits your root canal treatment can last a lifetime. Root canals can help you maintain your own smile and decrease chances for ongoing dental work on the tooth. Also keeping the tooth will allow you to continue eating the foods you love.

There is a common misconception that the pain of a root canal is unbearable. As I mentioned before, with modern techniques and anesthesia the procedure is almost painless. The longer you wait to have a root canal the more you risk not being able to keep your original tooth.

Don’t miss the opportunity to save your natural tooth. Give us a call today!