No matter how diligent you are with teeth care, there’s always the risk of damage, inflammation or infection. As a result, the majority of people will be forced to get a root canal treatment at some point. It’s one of the most common and yet most maligned dental procedures in the world, despite saving millions of teeth per year. What exactly is a root canal and why would you need one?
When Is A Root Canal Treatment Needed?
The hard enamel on the outside of the tooth protects a soft, pulpy inside that is full of tissue and nerves. When a tooth becomes cracked, damaged, or decayed, the pulp can become inflamed or infected. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the bone. This can cause a lot of pain, but there are treatment options available that can help in case this happens to you.
While you can opt for a tooth extraction, a root canal treatment is a great way to relieve dental pain without the extra time, energy, and money required to remove and replace the damaged tooth.
The procedure is actually far more simple than most people think - we will remove the painful pulp, clean and disinfect your tooth, dress it with a soothing antibiotic, then seal it with a filling. Once the tooth is completely restored, it will look and feel just like the rest of your natural teeth.
It’s an effective remedy for an extremely common problem, but many people are hesitant to go through with it because of its reputation. Root canals are thought of as excruciating experiences, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth! The goal of root canals is to give you long-term relief and comfort, and prevent further injury and suffering.
It only takes just two to three sessions to completely treat and heal an infected tooth, giving protection from days, weeks, or even months of tooth pain. While it’s true that older methods caused discomfort in some patients, the introduction of anesthesia and modern technological advancements means that, today, you could get this tooth-saving treatment without worry or fear.
Depending on the damage and a few other factors, not all teeth can be restored with a root canal and might require extraction and replacement. Saving your natural teeth is always the best option; however, new techniques and technologies are being developed every day, and teeth that couldn’t have been restored even just a few years ago can be repaired now.
Book An Appointment Now
If your teeth are aching, tender, or sensitive to cold and hot temperatures, it might be time for a root canal. We at Tee Family Dental can guide you through the quick and easy process of bringing you some much-needed dental relief. Contact us for more information and to schedule your appointment now.