Root canal treatment is a routine dental procedure that can save a diseased tooth from becoming abscessed. Unlike restorative dentistry, which fixes issues on the outer structures of teeth, root canal therapy treats the internal structures of a tooth. A root canal is often performed by an endodontist.
What is the root canal?
The root canal refers to internal tooth structure – primarily the hollowed chamber that houses dental pulp and the canals where nerve endings are housed in the roots of a tooth. Inflamed nerve endings can produce intense discomfort and the contents of the pulp chamber can become infected. Without treatment, the infection within the root canal and pulp chamber can spread.
Why is root canal treatment necessary?
If a dentist recommends root canal treatment it is because your tooth is in danger. The internal structures of teeth cannot self-heal and if they become infected, your tooth can become abscessed. When infected teeth are not professionally treated in a timely manner, teeth might need to be extracted to restore a patient’s comfort and protect neighboring oral structures.
Is there an alternative to root canal treatment?
The alternative to root canal treatment is a tooth extraction. In most cases, however, it’s best to keep your natural teeth. Tooth loss has far-reaching effects on your oral health including bone atrophy, which can threaten the health of other teeth and contribute to an aged appearance.
What should I expect from the procedure?
Our endodontist takes great care to ensure that our patients are comfortable during procedures. Those receiving root canal treatment will receive local anesthetics to control discomfort. Some patients might benefit from nitrous oxide or prescription medications such as mild sedatives to increase comfort and relaxation.
Most people report that receiving root canal treatment isn’t too different from the sensations they feel during the placement of fillings. While a patient might feel pressure when the tooth is being treated, they will likely not feel discomfort. After treating a root canal, the discomfort associated with the infection will subside.
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