Root canal therapy is safe and effective

Root canal therapy is safe and effective

Posted by Grayson Wise on Jun 9 2021, 06:05 AM

When you hear the words “root canal” you’re probably not thrilled. I’ve had a root canal before, and I will admit, it wasn’t the most exciting thing I have ever done in my life. However, it was a great thing for me to do in the long run because it has helped keep my teeth healthier, as well as removing the pain from the infection that was in my tooth. Root canal therapy is a safe and effective method for removing the pain and fixing the infection in your tooth!

Some basic facts about root canal therapy:

  • Also known as endodontic therapy
  • Removes nerves from the pulp of a tooth
  • Less costly option than removing and replacing the tooth completely

Look, it is a painful procedure, but the end benefits are worth it. It is a brief moment of pain to get permanent relief. That’s a good pay-off to me! It also should be noted that the root canal is part of the tooth. It quite literally is a hollow section (canal) of the tooth that contains nerve tissue, blood vessels, and other cells aka the “pulp.”

Alright, let’s say you need to get a root canal. Let’s go over the basic procedure. It’s pretty simple, and with this information, you’ll surely be more comfortable and confident with the procedure. I know I would have been!

1. Cleaning the Root Canal

In order to remove the infection and the pain, the dentist will have to remove everything that is inside the root canal. They have to make a small hole on the surface of the tooth to get access to the pulp so they can remove the infected area. This includes the diseased and otherwise dead pulp that is causing you so much pain. Not to worry, you’ll be under local anesthesia to lessen the feeling of their dental work. Their job is to make this as much of a comfortable experience as possible for you.

2. Filling the Root Canal

Next, they have to fill the root canal. Once the dead pulp is gone and the area has been effectively cleaned out, you’re ready for the filling. The tooth is filled with rubber-like material that will keep any infection out! They seal it to the canal with an adhesive cement as well. There will be no pain in this tooth thereafter because the tooth is “dead” since it doesn’t contain any pulp (which has the nerves). So, no need to worry about reinfection or more pain!

3. Adding the Filling or Crown

Lastly, they must add a crown or filling. The tooth may now be painless, but without the filling or crown, the tooth can be much more fragile than before. A tooth with no pulp must obtain its nutrients from the ligament that attaches the tooth to the bone. So, this will make the tooth more brittle over time, so the crown or filling offer a lot of protection so you won’t have to worry about breaking the tooth!

That’s all folks! Now, you’ll be ready to take on a root canal therapy treatment and get the relief you need. Give us a call to schedule yours today.

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