Trauma, injury, decay, and infection are all causes of damaged teeth that must be treated before they affect the health of the entire mouth. One of the most common treatments for a damaged tooth is a root canal procedure. If the words “root canal” send a shiver up your spine, it is truly only because you do not thoroughly understand the procedure. When damage occurs to a tooth, the inner layer known as the pulp (which is a network of blood vessels and nerves) becomes compromised and a root canal is done to restore the tooth.
What your dentist wants you to understand is that root canals are not painful – damaged and infected teeth are painful. Many people avoid having a needed root canal because of the misconception that a root canal causes pain. However, the procedure is done to alleviate your pain and save your tooth. An infected tooth is painful because the infection is attacking the roots and nerves within the tooth. If the damage is left untreated, the pain will become unbearable and the damage will be too great for the tooth to be saved.
Root canals are performed under local anesthesia in order to ensure that pain is not felt during the procedure. During a root canal the tooth is opened up so that the damaged pulp can be removed. Once the tooth has been cleaned out, the tooth is treated for infection with antibiotics, then the tooth will be filled, and finally it will be sealed to protect against further damage.
At South Texas Dental, we are here to promote proper oral health and to take care of dental issues as soon as they occur. We understand that not everyone is a fan of going to the dentist, especially when a procedure is necessary. However, it is important to treat an infected tooth in order to prevent the infection from spreading to the neighboring teeth and gums. Our entire dental practice provides compassionate and comfortable care during all procedures. Root canals are nothing to fear or avoid; they are procedures to promote a healthy smile.
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