Root canal therapy is more common than most people think. More than 15 million root canals are performed every year in the United States. Fortunately, the process is generally no more difficult than other dental procedures, even if outdated myths would have you believe otherwise. By thoroughly numbing the area, the patient will likely feel just as comfortable through the procedure as if they were obtaining a filling or other dental work. Sensitivity and soreness are common following a root canal, but they should fade within a few days.
Dr. David G. Johnson, D.D.S., PC, provides root canal therapy. We always ensure that patients are as comfortable and cared for as possible. If you need a root canal, you need not worry. We strive to ensure that our procedures are as pain-free for you as possible. With modern advancements, getting a root canal is no more painful than having a cavity filled, so there is nothing to fear. Root canals are a common, standard procedure used to save your natural tooth from infection.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is used to treat issues that occur inside of the tooth. There are multiple layers of a tooth. Enamel and dentin are primarily external, which generally serve to protect the inside of the tooth, where the pulp is located. When these external layers fade or are otherwise damaged, bacteria can infiltrate into the pulp of the tooth. This can cause the pulp to become inflamed or even infected. Infection can ultimately spread and can even lead to abscessed teeth. Root canal therapy can prevent the escalation of decay and damage to your teeth.
The process begins with numbing the area. After this, a “dental dam” is inserted to isolate the tooth, which will keep it clean and free of saliva throughout the process. Then, a small hole is drilled into the tooth to allow access to the pulp. After this, the pulp is removed and the cavity in the tooth is disinfected. The area is then filled and resealed and will eventually be covered by a crown in order to protect the new opening in the tooth.
Because you are numbed throughout the procedure, you should feel no pain. Some pressure is expected, the same as with other dental procedures. Root canal therapy is an incredibly successful treatment method for saving infected teeth. For the majority of people, root canals actually alleviate the pain that infection was causing.
Signs That You Need A Root Canal
Knowing when you need a root canal is a vital step in ensuring that you can obtain the dental services that you need before the problem escalates and requires extraction or more intensive dental work. Unlike many other parts of your body, teeth cannot heal themselves naturally. Thus, obtaining a root canal allows you to keep your natural teeth by removing the infection that would otherwise continue to spread.
A few of the signs that you need a root canal include:
- Discoloration of the teeth
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Severe pain whenever pressure is placed on the tooth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Swollen gums
Your dentist will be able to determine if you need a root canal. Root canal therapy is important to effectively protect your teeth. When problems requiring a root canal are allowed to escalate, they can lead to abscessed teeth that can be incredibly dangerous to your health. Root canal therapy can go a long way toward restoring your teeth. To learn more about obtaining a root canal, contact us at David G. Johnson DDS, PC.