Most people find all types of dental treatments particularly scary, and it certainly does not help how everybody seems to hear more complaints than pleasant stories about a trip to the dentist. So to those who have yet to undergo and have no idea how a root canal treatment works, the concept may seem to be rather brutal. The truth, however, is that it’s not, and the benefits of choosing to undergo this treatment usually have individuals who have been suffering from toothaches thinking, “Why didn’t I get this treatment right away?”
How does a root canal work and what dental issues does it address?
Before describing the process of this treatment, it’s important to understand the anatomy or composition of the tooth to explain why it’s sensitive to certain stimuli and hurts sometimes. Under the dentin or the hard top layer of the tooth is the pulp — a tissue that contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues that promote growth of the tooth during the development period. To keep the inside of the tooth healthy, endodontic treatment is required especially when the pulp gets infected or inflamed due to tooth decay, a chip in the tooth, trauma, etc.
When the pulp gets infected, the gums and tooth always ache. Typically, the dentist would prescribe antibiotics and pain relievers to treat the infection and alleviate the pain. Afterwards, different treatments are recommended upon inspection of the real condition of the tooth. For teeth that are greatly decayed already, extraction is often recommended, but for teeth that are still structurally “salvageable,” root canal is advised.
Now, the process of a root canal is nothing particularly fancy; it just involves removing the infected pulp, and then the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Naturally, without the pulp, the tooth becomes an empty shell, so it’s filled and sealed with gutta-percha which has a rubber-like consistency. Lastly, the structural appearance of the tooth is restored with a crown or filling – it looks good as new.
The main benefits of a root canal treatment are the following:
- No more aches
- No more discomfort especially when eating
- Restored appearance
- No more tooth sensitivity
- Protects other teeth from strain and wear because chewing food does not have to be “assigned” to other teeth to prevent triggering the sensitivity of an infected tooth
The great discomfort of toothaches can compromise quality of life, but there’s no need to suffer a long time just waiting for the pain to subside. Consider a root canal treatment; it’s a quick dental procedure and it effectively treats inflammation and infection of the tooth so you can finally go back to being pain-free and productive. Watch our patient information video to learn more about Root Canal Treatment.
If you have tooth pain and think Root Canal Treatment might work for you, give us a call or request an appointment.