Root canals carry a dreaded reputation for pain and expense. Everyone cringes at merely hearing the word! How do you know if you really need one?
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure in which the nerve and pulp within a tooth are removed. This results in the tooth no longer having any sensation. The rest of the tooth stays, but the inner portion—from the pulp chamber, down through the root(s) of the tooth—is filled and sealed off to prevent the tooth from breaking down.
Not Always Painful
In actuality, despite its reputation, a root canal is intended to relieve or prevent pain, not cause it. Any dental work done decades ago was quite painful. Thanks to modern technology and advances in scientific understanding, root canals are done today with anesthetics which prevent the patient from feeling anything.
What It Means for You
When the pulp of the tooth has been damaged by trauma, killed by decay, or is in imminent danger of being affected by advancing decay, then a root canal becomes necessary treatment. Leaving a damaged pulp untreated can lead to a bacterial infection that will spread to other areas. This is why treating the tooth is so important.
After being hollowed out by the root canal, a tooth will need added strength from a crown. You will be able to continue using and cleaning your tooth, as before. A root canal will clean up or prevent an infection, and will save your natural tooth. Make sure you have regular check-ups with your dentist and don’t delay scheduling vital treatment!
Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
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