Root canals are a common dental procedure for treating diseased and infected teeth. The process involves removing the dead or damaged pulp from inside the tooth, cleaning it out, and filling it with a special material. Root canals have become quite commonplace in dentistry today. However, there is still some confusion surrounding what they are, and why they’re necessary.
What is a Root Canal?
Root Canal treatment involve removing the infected or dead pulp from inside the tooth, cleaning it out, and sealing it. This is done to prevent further infection and future damage. During the procedure, we use specialized instruments to access the inner chamber of a tooth and clean away any debris or bacteria that has built up inside. The process is often referred to as “root canal therapy.”
When Is a Root Canal Necessary?
Root Canal treatment is necessary when the nerve of a tooth has become infected or damaged. This can be due to an injury or trauma, deep decay, or other factors such as aging. A dentist may recommend a root canal treatment if there is significant pain, swelling, or infection. The infection may sometimes extend beyond just one tooth and require additional treatment.
What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure?
The process starts with a local anesthetic being applied to numb the area around the tooth and make it comfortable during treatment. The dentist will then create an opening in the tooth to access the infected or dead pulp. Once this is done, the dentist will use specialized tools to remove it from the tooth. Afterward, they will clean and disinfect the area before filling it with a material called gutta-percha.
The last step involves sealing the area with a dental crown or cap to protect it from further damage. This ensures that no bacteria can enter and cause reinfection in the future.
What Are The Benefits of Having a Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal treatment can help save your natural teeth and prevent them from needing extraction. It also helps reduce pain associated with an infected or damaged nerve. Furthermore, having a root canal can help you avoid the need for other costly and invasive treatments, such as a dental implant.
At Roberson Dental, we understand that root canal therapy, while often necessary, can be the cause of concern for some patients. Rest assured, the procedure is comfortable and effective. We recommend it only following a thorough examination and discussion of alternatives with the patient. Our team is highly trained in performing root canal procedures, with the latest technology, and will provide you with the highest level of care and personalized attention each step of the way. Contact us today to learn more about this important dental procedure, and how it can help improve your oral health.