January 11, 2018
Severe infection or decay in a tooth can cause unbearable pain. Some patients try to ignore the pain, and the infection only gets worse with time. If you don’t visit the dentist to treat the tooth, then it could lead to the spread of infection into the surrounding gums. This abscess is a sure sign that you are in need of dental care.
When you visit the dentist for this type of tooth problem, then there is a good chance that a root canal will be the recommended treatment. Even though root canals have a bad reputation, the technology has come a long way over the years. You can rest assured that this treatment can be the answer to saving your tooth. Without a root canal, it might be necessary to extract the tooth.
Here’s a quick overview to help you know what to expect during the root canal appointment:
First, the dentist will numb the area using a local anesthetic. Next, the tooth is drilled so that the dentist can access the inner portion of the tooth. This area is where the nerve and pulp are located, and it is necessary to remove this part of the tooth so that the infection can be treated.
After the tooth has been hollowed out, the inner area is cleaned so that there are no traces of infection remaining. Finally, the dentist can seal the tooth and fill it in. Usually, the tooth needs to be topped with a crown to maintain a strong structure for the future.
Some people don’t like the idea of having the nerve removed, but the nerve isn’t necessary for the function of the tooth. If the infected pulp and nerve are left in place, then you will eventually lose the tooth. Removing this part of the tooth enables you to keep the tooth, and the tooth will continue to function in a natural way.
In the situation where a dentist recommends a root canal, you need to understand that it is not an optional treatment. Usually, you can choose to have the root canal, or you can have the tooth extracted.
The advances in technology have made it easier than ever to ensure your comfort during the root canal treatment. For more information, talk to our experienced staff here at Clock Tower Dentistry.