When a dentist recommends that you receive a root canal treatment, it can be scary. Even though root canals are one of the most commonly feared dental procedures, it is actually pain-free when performed by an experienced dentist.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal treatment is usually recommended when a tooth is severely damaged or decayed. This procedure involves removing the damaged inner area of a tooth, called the pulp, and then cleaning and filling the area. Typically a crown is needed after the treatment as well. The treatment begins with x-rays, allowing your dentist to fully see the affected area of your tooth. Local anesthesia is usually used to ensure that you won't feel any pain during the procedure around the affected area. Then your dentist will drill a hole into your tooth, allowing access to the pulp, and will remove the infected and damaged tissue using a series of files. After the tooth is completely cleaned and disinfected, your tooth will be filled, and you'll be fitted with a crown if needed.
Why do I need a Root Canal?
While every patient is different, there are a few common reasons why your dentist may recommend a root canal. Here are three common causes:
- Severe decay: When your teeth are not properly cared for, they begin to decay, which causes cavities. When a cavity is not treated quickly enough, it can worsen, and become a deep form of decay that reaches the inner areas of your tooth. Once decay becomes too severe, it cannot be treated with a simple filling and will require a root canal. If left untreated still, you could lose the tooth entirely.
- Injury: If a tooth is cracked or broken deeply, and left untreated, this can create a need for a root canal as well. With the inner area of your tooth exposed, the nerves and pulp tissue can easily become infected and can cause serious pain.
- Abscess: An abscess is an infection that can form when the pulp of a tooth dies and a pocket forms around the root of the tooth. This infection can be very painful, and when left untreated, it can infect the gum and bone surrounding the affected tooth. Getting a root canal treatment is the best option if this occurs, and it can fully treat the abscess.
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If you have any questions, or if you think you may need a root canal treatment, don't hesitate to contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have, and we look forward to working with you!