The Idea of a Root Canal
Most people have heard of a root canal. When it is recommended, the next thought is “Why do I need a root canal?”. The idea of a root canal tends to create unneeded fear for its recipients. A persons anxiety in relation to this procedure is caused by misinformation or a lack of knowledge of what to expect. The question is,”what is it and why do you need it?”.
Why Do You Need a Root Canal?
Let’s start by explaining why a root canal is needed. This procedure is needed when your tooth’s root becomes damaged either by injury or a deep cavity. The pulp (soft tissue inside the tooth) has become inflamed or diseased. At this point, a patient typically displays symptoms of pain and swelling. The situation needs to be addressed, the tooth can become irreparable. However, that is not the only thing. A patient with an untreated infection, even in a tooth, will become more ill as time passes.
How Is This Procedure Performed.
First of all, not all dentist will perform a root canal. If your family dentist does not perform that procedure, he will recommend an Endodontis (which is a dentist that specializes in root canals). During a procedure, the troubling tooth is numbed. An opening is made in the crown of the tooth where special tools are used to clean out the infected canals and root of the tooth. Once that is complete, your tooth is filled with a permanent material to ensure that your tooth remains free of contamination and infection. The final step fills the crown of your tooth with a temporary filling. The temporary filling will remain until a permanent filling or crown is used to replace it.
What Is The Alternative To This Procedure?
The only alternative to a root canal is to pull the tooth. As a dentist, I always recommend working to keep all your pearly whites as they are not replaceable. Is this option less expensive? yes. However, ultimately this option can lead to other dental issues in your future. Good examples are teeth shifting, eating, and/ or bone loss.
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