It is easy to find information online, but sadly not everything you read is true. The root canal has constantly been the victim of misinformation. Writers on the internet have caused many to believe that a root canal is a dangerous procedure that causes intense pain and discomfort. However, this is not the case at all.
Everything you need to know about root canals
When do you need a root canal?
Tooth decay is an infection that starts from the enamel and eats its way into the tooth. The bacteria will eventually reach the center of the tooth, the pulp. From there, it progresses to the tooth roots and bone. If untreated, an infection can cause tooth loss.
Many people think of a root canal as a debilitating procedure. You may even fall into a panic if the dentist were to recommend the procedure. However, there is almost nothing to fear about this routine and effective treatment.
Root canal therapy is rarely painful. In reality, it helps to alleviate tooth pain. Moreover, it could help save a tooth that would otherwise be lost or removed.
The root canal procedure
The name stems from the straight passages leading from the tip of the root to the interior layer of the tooth pulp. The pulp consists of nerves and other components that are crucial to early tooth formation. Although they are not as vital in a fully matured tooth, the nerves still work. They can respond to stimulation or pain.
This is normal for a healthy tooth. However, if dental decay sets into the inner pulp, the nerves will respond. As discomforting as it may seem, the toothache is not the worst issue. If the decay is not treated, the infection could spread via the root canals to the jawbone supporting the tooth.
The root canal procedure cleans the decaying pulp tissue and prevents further infection. The dentist will first administer local anesthesia to render the tooth and the surrounding tissue numb. They will place a rubber dam around the tooth to prevent contamination. The dentist will then create a tiny hole on the tooth to access the pulp chamber and root canals.
Your dentist will clear out all the diseased tissue in the pulp and rinse the now-empty chamber and root canal with antibacterial agents. After proper cleaning, the space in the pulp chamber will be filled with a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha. The dentist seals the tooth and places a crown to guard against further infection.
Is it painful?
The anesthesia will prevent any pain during the root canal therapy. When the procedure is complete, you may experience temporary pain that can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen. Fortunately, the unbearable nerve pain originating from the tooth’s center will be gone, and you will have a level of comfort.
Do you have a troublesome tooth?
If your tooth is discolored or painful, it may be infected. Call our office to see if a root canal can restore your infected tooth.
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