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.