Have you been told that you have an infected root canal? If so, you should act quickly or you could lose your tooth. Not only can an infected root canal lead to tooth loss, it can also produce significant discomfort and disrupt your daily life. Root canal therapy removes the infection deep within your tooth and prevents the need for extraction.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a part of your tooth’s anatomy. It’s a small, chambered area that holds the nerve endings of teeth and cellular material. The contents of a root canal can become inflamed when exposed to oral bacteria.
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is a procedure that treats an infected root canal. This treatment removes the infected tissue within a tooth and seals the root canal with a rubber compound to prevent future complications. Root canal therapy can literally save your tooth and restore its function.
How does a root canal become infected?
A root canal can become infected when teeth are chipped, cracked, or badly decayed. In healthy teeth, the root canal is sealed off from infection-causing bacteria. When a tooth is severely damaged, however, the root canal can be exposed to oral bacteria and debris. Unable to fight off an infection, this exposure could lead to painful abscesses and/or the need for a tooth extraction.
Will I be comfortable during my procedure?
Root canal therapy has an undeserved reputation for being painful. This is often because having an infected root canal can be very uncomfortable. The treatment itself, however, isn’t actually too invasive or painful. In fact, many people compare the sensations they experience during root canal therapy to receiving routine dental fillings.
Our dentist uses local anesthetics to ensure that our patients feel comfortable during their treatment. After patients heal from root canal therapy, they no longer feel intense discomfort associated with an infected tooth.
For more information or to reserve a consultation with our dentist, contact the office of Dr. John Morris today.
Root canal therapy is probably the most unfairly maligned of all of the dental treatments. Not only can root canals help to save your biological teeth from the fate of extraction, but they actually cause much less discomfort than most people think.
In order to meet our patients’ oral health needs, we strive to correct any root canal misinformation that is out there. Below, you can see our responses to some of the questions we get most often, and we encourage you to contact our office to ask any specific questions that you may have.
Root Canal Treatment: The Basics
Root canal treatment is intended to remove an infection from the innermost core of the tooth or prevent infection when the core has been exposed to the oral cavity due to an injury.
In performing a root canal, the dentist first administers a local anesthetic to the area before creating a small hole in the tooth in order to access the pulp. The dentist then removes the pulp material and thoroughly cleans the empty root canal chamber to eliminate any lingering bacteria.
The empty chamber is then filled with an inert rubber-like substance so that bacteria can’t repopulate the area. In the last step, the tooth is fitted with a crown to reduce the likelihood of future breakage.
Most Common Questions About Root Canals
Even after knowing the basics, many patients have more questions, such as:
- Why do I need a root canal? Root canals are performed to save a tooth that is at risk of being lost due to infection in its inner core or to prevent such an infection in a tooth that has been severely damaged.
- Will my root canal be painful? Although most people think that root canals are among the most painful experiences one can endure, the patients who actually have one typically report that it’s no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled.
- What if the root canal doesn’t take? Rarely, root canals may fail. In such cases, we are able to re-do the root canal in an effort to save your tooth.
We want you to be fully informed going into your root canal because the whole experience will be better for you that way. Don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you may have about your treatment. Call the office of Dr. John Morris to schedule a visit.