How a Root Canal Will Protect Your Tooth

When a tooth has been infected or badly decayed, it can cause severe pain and lead to other dental complications. Failing to treat the tooth can cause long-term consequences because the tissue around the tooth can become infected. Eventually, an abscess can form around the tooth.

If you are experiencing pain or your dentist has suggested root canal therapy, it is essential that you take action right away to schedule an appointment for the treatment. Here are a few things that you need to know when you are going in for a root canal:

What is a Root Canal Procedure?

During this treatment, the dentist will first numb the area so that you don’t feel any pain. Then, a drill is used to access the inner area of the tooth. The pulp and nerve are taken out and the tooth is treated to take care of the infection.

Once the inside of the tooth is removed, it is necessary to clean the area thoroughly to eliminate any trace of the infection. Next, the inside of the tooth is sealed and filled in. The dentist will usually finish by topping the tooth with a crown to strengthen the remaining structure.

Don’t I Need a Nerve in My Tooth?

The central area of the tooth is soft tissue, and this natural cavity is referred to as the “root canal.” The nerve is located within this canal, and it must be removed during the treatment. Some patients are worried about having the nerve removed, but the nerve is not a vital part of the function and health of the tooth.

The nerve functions for sensory purposes, to sense cold and hot temperatures. When the nerve has been removed, it doesn’t impact the day-to-day function of your tooth. That particular tooth will no longer be able to sense the temperature, but the surrounding teeth will still have this sensory function if they still have the nerves in place.

Why a Root Canal Treatment is Necessary

If it has been suggested that you need a root canal, then you need to understand that this treatment is not optional. The treatment is an effective way to save your tooth so that you don’t need to have it extracted. Many people agree that a root canal is a better option compared to tooth extraction.

The technology has radically changed over the years, making it easier than ever to feel comfortable during the root canal treatment. For more information about this treatment, contact our office right away!