Root canals are one of the most common procedures performed in dental offices. They are crucial for restoring the health of the tooth and preventing the need for more extensive restorative work like implants and dental bridges. The procedure involves removing the inner pulp, or nerve of the tooth, which gets rid of any pain or discomfort that the patient is experiencing. A dental x-ray can alert the dentist if a root canal is needed, however, other signs to look for is a sensitivity to hot and cold liquids specific to one single tooth, and severe localized tooth pain.
Why is a Root Canal needed?
Root canal therapy may be needed for many different reasons and is used to repair and save a tooth that has been badly decayed or infected. A dental x-ray can detect if a root canal is needed and other factors may be present to alert you that there is a problem such as sensitivity to that specific tooth and pain. Listed below are a few reasons why you would need a root canal.
- When a tooth has sustained severe decay or infection
- when severe mouth or facial trauma has occurred
- If a tooth has been cracked, broken or fractured
- If a tooth has been severely compromised due to a comprised filling
What is involved with Root Canal Therapy?
A root canal is done to repair and save a tooth that has been badly decayed or infected. Below the hard surface of your teeth is a soft tissue known as pulp. The pulp contains nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. When the pulp becomes infected you experience severe dental pain. It is important to see a dentist immediately if you are experiencing dental pain. If you need a root canal, it should be done as soon as possible to prevent any signs of decay from getting worse. A root canal can restore the tooth and relieve you of the pain and discomfort you are experiencing.
Because root canal therapy is very common, it can be done right in the dental office in one visit. A dental x-ray will be able to detect if a root canal is needed, along with other factors may be present to alert you that there is a problem such as sensitivity to that specific tooth and pain. The procedure involves removing the damaged or inflamed nerve and pulp, and then thoroughly cleaning and sealing off the tooth to prevent any further damage. The procedure is relatively easy and beneficial as it gets rid of any discomfort or pain you are currently experiencing.
To inquire further about this service please give our office a call and our staff members would be happy to assist you.