Root canal therapy is recommended when the nerve of the tooth becomes damaged or infected. A common misconception is that root canals hurt, but it is actually a procedure that is designed to save your tooth and help get you out of pain!
Teeth have many layers, with the innermost layer called the pulp. The pulp houses the living connective tissue, the blood vessels, and the nerve of the tooth. When a tooth becomes traumatized or decay reaches the pulp, the nerve becomes affected. This eventually leads to serious dental pain or sensitivity. If an affected tooth is left untreated, the tooth may deteriorate, become unrestorable, and need to be removed.
Goals of Root Canal Therapy
The goal of root canal therapy is to remove the infected and dying areas of the tooth in order to relieve dental pain or to prevent future pain that may arise. This procedure helps restore the health of your mouth and prevent the need for tooth extraction.
What are the signs that I may need Root Canal Therapy?
Exaggerated sensitivity to cold or hot foods and drink
Tooth aches and pain that may be keeping you awake at night
An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
X-rays that show an infection or lesion has developed at the root tip
A large hole of cavity is present on your tooth
What is getting a Root Canal procedure like?
At your appointment, our doctors will start by giving you local anesthesia to make you comfortable. Once numb, our doctors will clean the nerve and remove the infection, bacteria, and decay. The tooth is then sealed and given time to heal. During the healing period, the tooth may remain sensitive but symptoms should subside when fully healed. When the tooth no longer bothers you, it is ready to be restored and protected by a crown.
If my tooth hurts, why should I not pull it?
At Rochelle Dental, our priority is your oral health and our mission is to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible. We recommend root canal therapy when a tooth is able to be saved. Many patients believe that removing a painful tooth is the final solution, but what must also be considered are the significant consequences and problems for adjacent teeth and the higher costs associated with replacing a missing tooth.
Learn more about root canal therapy by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Angela Lo and Dr. Viccaro today!