By Aspen Dental
How Can Root Canal Therapy Save My Tooth?
If you think you have a tooth that is too decayed to save, first consider root canal treatment. A root canal procedure means removing the decayed root or pulp of the tooth. After an adult tooth is fully formed, the only purpose of the pulp is sensory—it’s what gives you the hot or cold sensation in your tooth, so removing decayed pulp doesn’t do any damage.
A tooth extraction is another alternative for a damaged or decayed tooth, but most dentists will recommend a root canal to save the tooth, except in the case of an extremely damaged tooth. An original tooth is easier to care for (even after a root canal) than an implant and root canals are usually less expensive than implant surgery.
The procedure for a root canal treatment is quick and painless. Your dentist will numb the affected area so you don’t feel any discomfort during the process. They will create an opening to access the root. Next, your dentist will extract the dead or decayed pulp and then inspect and clean out any leftover bacteria in the pulp chambers. After that, they will fill the pulp chambers with a dental replacement substance called “gutta-percha.” Your dentist may place a crown on the tooth to protect and strengthen it. It’s normal to experience some pain for a few days after your treatment. Over-the-counter painkillers should be enough to manage your pain, but if they aren’t, talk to your dentist.
To make sure your root canal lasts a lifetime, brush twice a day and floss every day, and visit your dentist regularly. If you are interested in root canal therapy, contact us at Aspen Dental.