Why is a root canal necessary?
When decay progresses beyond the enamel to inside the tooth, it eventually reaches the tooth’s nerve or the pulp. When the decay reaches the pulp, the inflammation at this point cannot reverse, and the tooth’s nerve eventually dies. It is during this process that a patient starts experiencing enough pain, swelling or sensitivity in their mouth to seek out a dental professional. It’s important to seek treatment for these cases in order to restore and maintain a natural smile.
What is a root canal?
The root canal is a procedure where a qualified dentist or endodontist cleans out the affected pulp inside the tooth. Generally, having a root canal done is the final effort to repair the tooth before it dies and needs to be extracted.
The process begins similarly to receiving a filling for a cavity. The area is numbed and the decayed tooth is cleaned out of decayed dental pulp. This treatment removes infection before it spread further and jeopardizes your overall health. Filling material called gutta percha is used to seal the area and help keep the tooth from becoming infected again. A crown is then placed to further protect the tooth from decay and to restore the structure for a renewed, natural bite.
Put your fears to rest
Root canals have long been used by society as the comparison for going through something tedious or difficult. Modern technology coupled with sedation dentistry have allowed patients particularly dreading this procedure to rest a bit easier. The tools used in the procedure are state of the art, and we offer multiple sedation options if you suffer from dental anxiety. Some of those options are:
- Local anesthetics
- Nitrous oxide
- Oral sedation
- General anesthesia
Visit your neighborhood dentist today for a consultation
Tooth pain or discomfort is something many people try to ignore to save themselves having to go through complicated and invasive procedures. We encourage patients not to delay having the root canal done since the pain and the complication will only get worse, costing more time and money. If you are experiencing discomfort, give us a call to set up an appointment with John W. Stephens, D.D.S. in Keller, TX today!