How Does A Root Canal Help Your Smile?
A root canal is one of the most important general dental services for a severely damaged or diseased tooth. Dr. Hughes will recommend a root canal whenever possible to avoid tooth extraction and keep your natural tooth intact. A common myth about this procedure is that pain from a root canal is always present. This is not the case. We will numb the affected area, and work to relieve pain from the infected tooth. The root canal process has evolved over time and is now a much more efficient and less painful procedure that can typically be completed in a single visit.
A local anesthetic will be applied for your comfort and the dentist will create a small opening in the back of the affected tooth. The infected pulp will be removed and the interior chamber of the tooth will be cleaned and filled with a biocompatible material. This will prevent future decay or infection and maintain the integrity of the tooth structure.
Once complete, the hole will be sealed. In most cases, a dental crown is recommended to strengthen the tooth and provide more lasting and durable results.
Root Canal Therapy Facts
Occasionally, when a fractured or decayed tooth isn’t treated in time, the tooth can become infected. Treatment is then necessary to prevent the infection from progressing into a more serious concern. We often correct the problem with an endodontic procedure known as a root canal. How does a root canal help your smile?
Pain could be an indicator of infection
See your dentist for an examination if you experience any of these factors:
- If you notice one of your teeth aches and the pain doesn’t subside.
- if you experience serious discomfort when biting down or chewing.
- If you experience fever or swelling near the aching tooth.
A root canal is not painful. There is initial discomfort, but the pain is from the tooth infection. You will see that during and after the procedure, your pain will go away.
Untreated infection can lead to tooth loss
Without treatment, the infection will eventually cause the inner pulp (a bundle of living tissue acting as the tooth’s nerve center) to die. When this happens, the tooth itself effectively dies. Extraction is then necessary to prevent the infection from reaching surrounding teeth or moving into the jawbone itself.
A root canal procedure targets the infection
The procedure involves opening the tooth and then removing the infected tissue. The dentist then cleans and disinfects the inner tooth and root canals before placing a restorative filling material. A tooth cap or dental
We restore the tooth after removing the infected tissue
After placing the restorative filling material, gutta percha, the doctor will cap the tooth with a lifelike dental crown. Doing so helps prevent further decay or reinfection, while also ensuring the tooth looks natural and blends with the rest of the smile.