If you’ve never had root canal treatment, then being told that you need the procedure can seem daunting. Fortunately, root canal treatment is much simpler and more comfortable than many people believe, and best of all, it can relieve the extreme discomfort that your tooth is experiencing. Root canal treatment is the process of removing decay from inside of a tooth’s pulp and root canal, and then restoring the tooth’s strength and appearance. It can also offer a number of other benefits for your immediate and long-term dental health.
It’s like a complex filling procedure.
When tooth decay is caught in its early or mild stages, it can typically be treated with a filling. Your dentist will clean out the cavity that decay has caused in your tooth, then fill and seal the cavity with a biocompatible material. Root canal treatment is similar, but focuses on the internal chamber of your tooth and the root canal connected to it.
Treating your tooth relieves your toothache.
If bacteria and decay reach your tooth’s pulp chamber, they will infect the nerves and blood vessels within it, leading to severe tooth pain and discomfort in the surrounding tissues. After your dentist has removed the infection and restored your tooth and its root, the pain will be gone and you can once again bite and chew comfortably.
Root canal treatment can save your tooth from extraction.
In the most severe cases of tooth decay, the infection can destroy the majority of your healthy tooth structure as well as all of its internal tissues. To save the rest of your oral health, your dentist might recommend extracting the tooth and replacing it to completely remove the threat. However, root canal treatment can often save an infected tooth before it becomes that extreme.
Ask Your Dentist About Root Canal Treatment
If your tooth experiences severe decay in its inner chamber, or pulp, then root canal treatment can be your dentist’s best way of saving the tooth and alleviating the discomfort. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in Des Moines, IA, today at (515) 244-9565.