What is a Root Canal?
When a tooth is decaying past the point of a cavity, it can lead to a root canal. Under the enamel and dentin of a tooth, there is soft tissue known as pulp. This pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connectives tissues. When this pulp gets infected, you may need a root canal, also known as endodontic treatment. A root canal is a medical process of removing a seriously injured or infected tooth. The process includes isolating the tooth, removing the pulp tissue, and filling the cavity. Undergoing a root canal means the infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is clean, disinfected, and filled. Then the tooth is restored with a crown or filling.
Root canals are needed when a tooth is severely injured or decayed—when the pulp has been inflamed or infected. It could happen from deep decay, a faulty crown, a cracked or chipped tooth, or repeated dental procedures on the tooth. If the inflamed or infected pulp is left untreated, it can become very painful and potentially lead to a tooth abscess. It’s much easier to deal with a root canal than to deal with the infection spreading. Plus, once you get your root canal over with, you can go one eating the foods you love without any pain.
Why Should I Get a Root Canal?
- Saves Natural Tooth—one of the best benefits of a root canal is that it saves the natural tooth. No need for any fake teeth. This can mean more comfortable and efficient chewing, a normal bite, and a more natural appearance. Crowns function just like natural teeth and look very natural as well. Maintain your smile looking natural with a root canal. With proper dental care after the procedure, most root canals can last a lifetime.
- Cost Effective—because root canals do not require extra visits, dentures, bridges, or implants, they are often the most cost-effective option. Plus, most dental insurance plans cover it!
- Almost Painless Procedure—during a root canal, patients are under anesthesia. The procedure is very similar to that of a traditional filling and most patients don’t need much pain. There can be some discomfort in the recovery process once the anesthesia wears off, but for the most part, it’s a fairly painless procedure.
- Efficient Treatment—root canals have proven to be a very effective treatment. You can get rid of any infection, protect the surrounding teeth, and move forward with a natural looking and feeling tooth. A root canal is a great way to minimize the damage of infection.
If you think you may need a root canal treatment, contact Fort Union Family Dental. Our trained team of professionals will help you through the process as seamlessly as possible.