If your dentist has recently told you that you need a root canal, you may have a few questions about why and how this procedure is performed, and what its benefits are. The following information can help you prepare to undergo this common dental procedure.
Why a Root Canal May Be Necessary
There is soft tissue, or pulp, under the enamel of your teeth. The pulp is composed of blood vessels and nerves, which assist the tooth development. However, adult teeth usually don’t need this pulp to survive.
So when this pulp becomes inflamed or infected due to a number of reasons, ranging from cracked teeth to complications from previous dental work, you can experience tooth pain due to inflammation, as well as an abscess.
The dentist will need to save your tooth not just to relieve your pain, but also to ensure the health of your other teeth and help you chew better. Plus, the aesthetics of your teeth and mouth improves greatly after this procedure.
How Is the Root Canal Procedure Done?
Your dentist will remove the infected pulp and then thoroughly clean your tooth. Afterwards, your dentist will fill or restore your tooth crown.
Root canal treatment will relieve you of the pain. You will also smile much better and easier, have a more comfortable time chewing and swallowing, and you will also eliminate the need for repeated dental visits and painkiller medication.
The decision to get a root canal done will give you long-lasting — and often lifetime — benefits in terms of your oral health. This procedure is safe and recommended, and the sooner you do it, the quicker you will be free of debilitating tooth pain.
At Patriot Family Dental, we can perform a safe root canal procedure to ensure that you maintain healthy and beautiful teeth. We specialize in cosmetic dentistry, but also a wide range of procedures to secure your family’s dental health. To get more information or to schedule a consultation with our dentist, get in touch with us today.