If ever there was a dental procedure that got a bad rap, it’s the root canal! It has made it’s way into every sort of movie as a terrible experience, and most people would probably be really upset if they were told they had to have one done! However, the root canal is an imperative procedure for patients who would otherwise lose their natural tooth! Before you run screaming to the hills, we’ve provided some basic information about a root canal to help you understand why this isn’t the wicked witch of dentistry!
The tooth is made up of several parts. The innermost part of the tooth is called the dental pulp. Dental pulp is made up of blood vessels and nerves in a soft tissue center of the tooth. If a tooth is damaged or decayed, this innermost center can become infected. The infection itself is very painful. It is not something you will be able to ignore. The only solution for this type of infection is to remove the dental pulp, where the infection is taking place.
The Root Canal Procedure
The procedure is much the same as a cavity and filling. We will remove the damaged area, the dental pulp, and fill it with a medicated filling material in order to stop the infection from spreading to surrounding teeth. We will then seal the tooth and let it heal. Most of our patients tell us that with sedation, this procedure is about as painful as having a cavity filled. In other words, not very painful at all!
No one wants to have dental work done, but a root canal really shouldn’t be at the top of the scary list. A root canal has the ability to save your natural tooth, and that is something very important! Contact us today to set up an appointment, and ask us any questions you might have about root canals. We’d love to discuss it with you in case you ever need to make you own decision about this procedure.