Root canals, also known as “endodontic treatment,” are often misunderstood and feared. A root canal is usually the last attempt used to save a natural tooth. A root canal becomes necessary when the pulp inside the tooth becomes inflamed or infected, causing pain and discomfort.
Many patients facing root canal treatment wonder how an internal portion of their tooth can become infected. It’s surrounded by enamel and dentin, so how did the infection get in?
Reasons For A Root Canal Treatment:
- deep decay
- repeated dental procedures on the same tooth
- faulty crowns that allow food and bacteria to get inside the tooth
- cracked or chipped teeth
- non visible trauma (if you get hit but the tooth does not crack or break, the hit can still cause internal damage)
At Apilado Family Dentistry, we understand that getting a root canal can be a scary prospect. We want to do everything we can to make you comfortable while also saving your natural teeth. You only get one set of adult teeth, after all!
Root Canals Help Save Your Original Teeth!
Saving your natural teeth will always be our first priority, as no dentures or dental implant will ever come close to your own teeth. Your natural teeth allow for efficient chewing, normal biting force and sensations, and protect your other teeth from excessive wear or strain.
What’s It Like To Get A Root Canal?
Through a root canal treatment, dentists are able to get inside of the tooth to remove the infected pulp and disinfect the inside of the tooth. The tooth is then filled with a rubber like material called “gutta-percha” and restored with the application of a crown or filling for protection. Despite the horror stories surrounding root canals, most patients suffer minimal discomfort, saying it is no different than receiving a routine filling. The entire procedure usually takes only one to two visits, depending on the nature of the damage to the tooth.
The staff at Apilado Family Dentistry knows that the prospect of getting root canal can be a little daunting, but you have nothing to worry about. During your initial visit, our dental hygienist can help give you dental health pointers to avoid this procedure in the future, such as regular brushing, flossing and at least two regular teeth cleanings per year.
However, if you come in for an examination and a root canal is deemed necessary, we will answer all of your questions to put you at ease before the root canal treatment. Remember, if you leave this problem untreated, the pain and discomfort will only get worse, usually resulting in a dental abscess. By that time, the tooth cannot be saved and the abscess can result in much more serious consequences.
Whether you have a toothache or simply want to avoid getting a root canal at some point, call our offices to schedule your next appointment. We will give you a reason to keep smiling!