If a tooth becomes badly decayed or damaged, it may require a root canal. If you do not address deep decay or damage, the tooth may become weak or even fall out. A root canal will conserve your tooth and eliminate your pain. By choosing a root canal, you are preventing an extraction.
Some patients have heard that root canals are painful and difficult, but in reality, they are similar to a simpler procedure like a basic cavity filling. Root canals eliminate much more pain and discomfort than they cause.
Causes of Damaged Pulp
Even healthy mouths contain bacteria. If too much bacteria works on a tooth, it will destroy the enamel, forming a path for the bacteria to get into the pulp chamber. Once the pulp is infected, you will probably start experiencing chronic toothache or sensitivity to hot and cold.
The best way to prevent bacteria from building up in the mouth is by maintaining regular hygiene habits: brushing, flossing, rinsing, and seeing your dentist at least twice a year.
The Root Canal Procedure
A root canal is used to remove the inside of the tooth, which is called the pulp. The tooth’s pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth and is connected to the tooth roots. By removing the damaged or infected pulp, we can save the main structure of your natural tooth and prevent any infection from spreading to your other teeth!
Come see Dr. Shepherd, DMD, for an exam if you think you may have a damaged tooth. During a root canal procedure, Dr. Shepherd will first isolate the tooth that needs work. He will create a small hole in the tooth and remove the tooth pulp through it.
He will clean out the root canals and fill them with a rubbery material to prevent future damage from bacteria. He will then seal the tooth with an ordinary filling. A crown may be recommended to offer complete protection from further infection.
After a root canal, you will feel relief from any discomfort or infection-related symptoms. Your tooth will function properly, and you will not have to worry about further problems.
Let Us Save Your Tooth!
Infections threaten your teeth, but you can save your natural tooth with a root canal procedure! Give us a call today to see Dr. Shepherd at Infinity Dental.