If you’ve recently been told that you need a root canal, chances are you have images of extreme pain and discomfort in your mind. Root canals, after all, don’t have a very good reputation. Fortunately, this procedures reputation is totally unfounded and it’s not as bad as it sounds.
Root canal therapy, or root canals, as they’re known, can actually relieve you of tooth pain and can greatly improve your quality of life.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a type of procedure in which a dentist goes into your tooth and removes any infection in the pulp, along with the root. This procedure is most commonly used when a tooth has been damaged or become infected.
What do root canals help treat?
Root canals are commonly used to save a tooth that simply has an infection. These infections can be incredibly painful and cause your tooth to discolor. A root canal can save the tooth by removing the root and infection and maintaining the shell. This allows you to avoid having to use a prosthetic tooth, and maintain your natural bite and tooth alignment.
What are the benefits of root canal therapy?
Getting a root canal has more benefits than cons. It allows you to save your tooth, chew efficiently, maintain a natural appearance, and protects your other teeth that can come from the wear and strain of missing a tooth.
What is the process of getting a root canal?
Root canal therapy is performed in seven steps. First, the doctor observes that your tooth is infected. Dr. Gonzalez will then drill a small hole that provides him with a route to your tooth’s pulp chamber.
He will then use a special endodontic file to remove unhealthy pulp from the canals and completely remove the infection. Removing this debris gives him the room needed to insert the filling material, gutta-percha.
Gutta-percha is a permanent material that helps keep the canals free of infection. Finally, the doctor places a temporary filling to protect that material. At a subsequent appointment, the doctor will place a permanent cap over the top of the tooth. This allows you to chew as you normally would and go on enjoying your life.
What if I don’t want a root canal?
Root canal therapy helps rid your tooth of infection, which is both painful and causes extremely bad breath. If an infection is allowed to remain, it can spread to your bone and throughout your body. The surgery required to heal an infection of the bone is far more painful and invasive than a root canal.
A root canal is a great first line of defense that will keep you from having to undergo a more intense treatment process in the long run.
Don’t let the thought of a root canal keep you from seeking treatment. Dr. Gonzalez is a skilled endodontist who will provide you with the best treatment, in a comfortable environment. Give our team at Dental American Group a call to learn more about how we can serve you or schedule an appointment.