Root canal therapy is one of the most common, time-tested treatments in dentistry. However, many patients have an unwarranted fear of root canals and don’t fully understand the procedure or its remarkable benefits.
Let’s start with tooth pain. If you are in need of a root canal, there is a high likelihood you are also experiencing dental pain, which can be one of the most intense feelings of pain you’ll ever endure. Tooth pain can interrupt your sleep, your eating and your ability to concentrate. However, if the discomfort is coming from inside your tooth, your daily dose of Ibuprofen will only temporarily mask the pain. A root canal is the only way to permanently relieve your pain, as well as save your tooth!
When a Root Canal Is Needed
To understand why your dentist is recommending a root canal, it is important that you first understand the anatomy of your tooth. Your tooth has three layers, the outer protective layer (enamel), the dentin layer underneath and the pulp at the center. The pulp is the innermost area of your tooth, and one that houses nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, a root canal is the procedure of choice to eliminate the bad bacteria, stop the pain and revive your tooth.
How does bacteria reach the pulp of a tooth? This can happen when a cavity goes untreated or there is a crack in the tooth. It can also occur due to repeated dental procedures on a tooth. Regardless of why your tooth pulp is compromised and “screaming” for help, a root canal can fix it.
How a Root Canal Works
A root canal can remove the harmful bacteria as well as the painful nerves that have been affected by the infection. During a root canal, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected, and the space is filled with a material called gutta percha. After root canal therapy is finished, a filling or crown is typically put on the tooth for protection.
Don’t Worry About The Procedure
At Park South Dentistry, a root canal is nothing to stress over! Modern anesthetics and new dental technology can abolish the pain that was previously associated with root canals. In fact, it will feel much similar to a dental filling procedure. You can expect two visits to complete your root canal therapy. But once it is done, you can also expect a healthy, pain-free smile.
If you are trying to endure the pain of an infected too in in hopes of it getting better on its own, it won’t. Call our New York office today to schedule your appointment!