As human beings, we take the information we receive as common knowledge, and we hold onto that knowledge as truth. We haven’t experienced something, so we have to trust the people who have. If we don’t know anyone with that experience, we turn to media for help understanding the unknown. This usually work pretty well, unless you are discussing medical procedures. When it comes to something like a root canal, you’re going to find that most people absolutely shudder just thinking about the procedure when in actuality, it is no more uncomfortable than a filling.
What Makes it Necessary?
A root canal is necessary when bacteria work deep into the tooth through an area of decay or injury. The result is an infection that must be stopped before you lose your tooth. You might notice pain while you chew or speak, but it’s not always the case. The only way to know if a tooth is infected is to come into the office for images that can tell us what’s going on. We often catch infections in the office before the patient has a chance to feel them.
What Happens to My Tooth During the Procedure?
This procedure is very similar to having a cavity filled. After numbing your tooth, we will remove a part of the tooth so that we can access the infection, which is deep in the pulp of the tooth. We will remove that pulp and clean the dentin tubes that flow down to the tooth root. Once the infection is cleared, we put a special material in your tooth in fill the space and prevent further infection. We then place a crown over your tooth to seal it and restore the function of your tooth.
A root canal is nothing to fear. In fact, it is a tooth-saving procedure that feels very similar to having a cavity filled. The best way to prevent getting a root canal is to maintain your routine dental appointments, so contact us today to set up an appointment. Let us know if you have any concerns regarding your risk of infection, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions!