Why Your Dentist May Recommend a Root Canal
You have heard horror stories about getting a root canal? – well, most of them are urban legends. Like the boogeyman – they aren’t real.
Root canal treatment is simply is a way to fix a tooth that has been severely damaged by decay. It is a quick and ordinary treatment done millions of times every week.
Root canal treatment is simply is a way to fix a tooth that has been severely damaged by decay
- Dr. Jonthan Penchas
Root canals are tiny canals inside the tooth that contain the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth. They keep the tooth alive and feeling cold and pain. This part of the tooth is named the Tooth Pulp.Teeth have one to four root canals.
When a tooth has decay or infection – this can spread to the pulp and root canals. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also lead to similar problems.
When the pulp is damaged, you may get a tooth ache or have sensitivity. The spreading infection causes puss to build up inside the tooth leading to an Abscess. At this point the tooth may “die” and no more pain is felt.
Root Canal treatment is a very safe and widely used treatment to remove the damaged pulp and the infection, clean the canals and inject a type of plastic into the tooth. Before root canals were used, the only option to get rid of the infection was to remove the tooth.
WHAT’S INVOLVED IN A ROOT CANAL
On your first visit, your dentist will make a tiny hole at the top part of the infected tooth directly into the pulp. The infected material is removed and the canals are cleaned and disinfected.
The cleaned out chamber and tooth canals are then filled with a plastic. The hole in the tooth is filled and a crown is usually made to fit on top of the tooth.
While we do prescribe antibiotics and pain medication, most our patients who have undergone a root canal at Midtown Dentistry have had little discomfort and no pain.