You are cringing already, aren’t you? Just the mention of the words “root canal” can cause fear and trembling in the most stoic. This should not be the case. Root canals are a relatively simple restorative dental procedure that has received a historically bad reputation based largely on misinformation.
Even though the outer enamel surface of your tooth is very hard, the inner tissue of the center of your tooth is made of connective soft tissue such as nerves and blood vessels (the pulp), which makes it very vulnerable to injury, infection and disease. When the inside nerve is damaged, the tissue around it cannot live. It must be removed before severe infection develops requiring that tooth to be extracted. The pulp of your tooth can be damaged by a decayed cavity left untreated, a broken tooth or an accidental injury (the pulp could be injured even if the tooth is not cracked). Tooth pain, swelling and heat in the gum could indicate damage to the pulp of a tooth. The necessity of a root canal can easily be confirmed by an X-ray.
During a root canal, your dentist will remove that soft center or pulp in the tooth, which leaves a canal that must be cleaned out and sealed off in order to protect the tooth. The tooth is capped and made stronger by the addition of a crown. Here’s the big surprise: typically, there is little to no discomfort (remember, the nerve is dead)! A mature adult tooth can remain and function without the living pulp inside. A root canal is the best way to save the structure of a diseased tooth.
Posted on behalf of Juban Dental Care
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