Of all the dental procedures we do, one has ended up with the worst reputation of them all! Through movies, songs, and all sorts of media, the root canal is a feared dental procedure. Just hearing the name might make you start to shiver! With all of this bad publicity, the root canal is still a fantastic procedure. Things aren’t always what they seem, and this is one of those cases. We’d love to break it down for you today so that you can see what a root canal is all about!
What’s Happening to My Teeth?
Each tooth is made up of the solid, outer crown made of enamel and dentin, and a soft, inner portion called dental pulp. If a cavity is left untreated, the bacteria will work through the enamel and dentin and into the dental pulp, creating an infection. The pulp will swell, putting pressure on the nerve, causing excruciating pain. If left untended, the tooth will die and fall out, possibly causing other, painful experiences along the way.
What Can We Do?
A root canal will save this tooth, and it is no more painful than getting a filling. It works in much the same way. We will remove the decay and infection from your tooth. We then clean and fill the tooth with material to prevent further infection. Finally, we place a dental crown on top to seal the tooth from bacteria. The relief of pain that you will experience after your root canal is definitely worth any anxiety over this procedure!
The root canal definitely has a bad name, but we think the fear is misdirected. The pain you fear is actually that of the infected tooth, and we can prevent those during routine dental examinations! Contact us today to find out more about the root canal procedure, and let us know how we can help you get the smile of your dreams!