Millions of people each year have their teeth saved by undergoing a root canal. This procedure helps to treat and save teeth that have become infected or damaged. There are many misconceptions about this procedure, so it is beneficial to take a look at why root canals are used and what is involved in the treatments.
In each tooth, there is a soft tissue known as pulp that is found under the white tooth enamel and a hard layer of tooth called dentin. The tooth pulp is home to nerves, blood vessels and soft tissue. This pulp assists your tooth in its growth and development. A mature tooth can survive without its pulp because surrounding tissues help to nourish it.
Modern root canals are much like getting a conventional filling and normally only take one or two appointments to complete, depending upon your tooth’s condition and your personal schedule. It is normal to have a safe, effective and relatively comfortable experience both during and after your root canal treatment.
Benefits of Getting a Root Canal
There are various benefits to root canal treatment. These include giving the patient a normal biting force; offering a more natural appearance and more efficient chewing; and protecting other teeth from extensive strain or wear.
Under What Circumstances Might I Need a Root Canal?
You may need a root canal if your teeth are in pain or ache, are sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, are uncomfortable to the point of keeping you awake at night or cause discomfort or pain when biting or chewing.
What Can I Expect at My Appointment?
Once your tooth is numb, a dental dam will be placed to isolate your tooth. Then an opening will be formed in the tooth crown. Using small instruments, we can clean the tooth canals and make room for the filling. After the canals have been shaped and cleaned, they will be filled using a synthetic filling and sealer. At this point, we can place a temporary filling to seal the opening.
Normally, any discomfort will fade dramatically during the first day or two. Any temperature sensitivity will be gone afterwards. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help to relieve any discomfort you may experience.
Root Canal Treatment Versus Extraction
The most important advantage of this treatment over an extraction is getting to keep your tooth. Extractions can also cause further dental problems in some cases. You could have problems with your bite, drifting of teeth and TMJ discomfort. Even though modern tooth replacements are very effective, nothing can completely replace your natural tooth.
Contact Our Office Today
If you think you may need a root canal, make an appointment at Implant Dentistry of Virginia to see if this procedure is right for you. Our office is located in Virginia Beach. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!