If ever there was a dental procedure that received the scorn of anyone who heard it uttered, it would be the root canal. For whatever reason, our society has built this procedure up to be the great destructor of the dental world. People shudder when we recommend a root canal, and other patients run for the hills to avoid it altogether! We hope that with a little bit of insight, that you will see that a root canal is a procedure that saves teeth and is absolutely nothing to be afraid of!
What’s Happening to My Tooth?
A root canal occurs when a tooth is infected. Bacteria works its way deep into your tooth and infected the dental pulp, which is the soft tissue inside the tooth root. You may or may not realize that you need work done on a tooth. Some symptoms are obvious, severe pain and sensitivity, pus, heat, etc. Others not so much: bad breath, loose tooth. We will discover the infection during a routine exam, if nothing else.
How is it Fixed?
A root canal is very similar to a routine filling, just in a different part of the tooth. The procedure is the same, we go into your tooth and remove the infection. We clean the dentin tubes and then fill the tooth with a special material that will prevent further infection. We then place a crown over your natural tooth to protect it from bacteria. Our patients tell us that it is no more uncomfortable than a filling. We prevent pain by using local anesthesia and the DentalVibe tool to prevent pain while we are numbing your gums!
A root canal is nothing to be afraid of, and it certainly hasn’t earned it’s position as the most hated dental procedure of all time! Contact us today to set up an appointment. We will check your x-rays and your teeth to make sure that you are safe from infection. Should you need it, know that a root canal is a great way to save your tooth and keep the infection from spreading!