Root canals help provide lasting relief to aching, throbbing, and damaged teeth. These procedures have become faster and more painless than ever.
Teeth contain living tissues and nerves. When tooth decay is so severe that the nerves and tissues inside of the tooth begin to die, there is only one way the tooth can be saved and prevented from falling out or needing extraction. Root canal clears out the dead and diseased tissue and restores the tooth to strength from the inside out.
The inside of a tooth is called the pulp. When decay goes deep into a tooth, the tooth must be extracted or saved by root canal. The choice to have a root canal means that you can keep your natural tooth without having to have a replacement such as an artificial tooth or an implant. When a dentist performs a root canal, the first step is to drill a hole in the surface of the tooth so that the inner chambers are accessible. The pulp is entirely cleared out and then the area is sanitized. A filler material is placed inside the tooth to replace the pulp.
Today, root canal is described by most people who have undergone the procedure as being virtually painless. With modern technology and anesthetic options, the procedure is efficient, quick and comfortable. After a root canal, the hole that was made in the tooth is sealed and closed with a filling or a dental crown. After the procedure you should be able to resume normal eating in a day or two. Most patients report little pain, but often there is a sensation that the treated tooth feels different than the other teeth. This usually goes away in a few days.
The majority of root canal procedures are successful, and a tooth treated with root canal can last a lifetime. In rare cases, a second root canal procedure may have to be performed. The incidence of this rare, but it can happen if the first procedure failed to clean out the entire tooth, which sometimes happens if the canals are particularly complex.
Dentists advise that saving your natural teeth is always the best choice when you have a choice. You can learn more about root canal and how it can save a tooth by calling for a consultation appointment.