While root canals are synonymous with unpleasant experiences, the truth is they are generally reported to be no more uncomfortable than getting a tooth filled. They are a rapid, effective way to salvage a patient’s natural tooth before extraction is necessary, preventing further decay and pain.
A root canal may not be as fun as an afternoon at the beach, but once it’s over the pain will be gone, allowing you to continue your life unhindered.
The purpose of a root canal is to remove the nerve and pulp at the center of the tooth. Because the nerve is not essential to the survival of the tooth, it is possible to remove it. Trauma or decay can lead to the pulp breaking down and becoming infected. This can create a pocket of pus, which can become abscessed.
Signs that a patient may need a root canal include:
- Tooth pain during chewing
- Heat or cold sensitivity, even after the source has been removed
- Swelling and sensitivity in neighboring gums
- Occasionally there are no symptoms present, requiring x-rays to determine that a root canal is necessary
Root canal procedure
While certain cases are severe enough to require multiple visits, many times a root canal can be performed during a single appointment. The first step is to take x-rays of the tooth and surrounding area to fully assess the level of decay and infection.
Once this is done, Dr. Matian can get to work on fully removing the infected pulp and damaged nerve. Using special tools, he can get to the very bottom of the tooth to ensure all damaged tissue is completely gone.
As soon as the entire root has been cleansed of its infected pulp and damaged nerves, it is filled in with a material called gutta percha. The top section of the tooth is then sealed with the same filler that is used in cavity treatment. This entire process also ensures that there will be no reintroduction of bacteria into the root of the tooth.
BioDental is experienced with root canal procedures and offers effective, gentle care. Like most things people tend to put off, procrastination of a root canal is often worse than the actual experience. Having the procedure will stop the pain, save the tooth, and prevent further damage from occurring. The only regret that our patients have about getting a root canal is that they waited so long. Call our office to set an appointment today.