When people hear the term root canal, they are usually uneasy. This is because there are a lot of misconceptions about root canal treatment. Over the past few years, there have been so many changes in the ways that dentists perform root canals that the entire procedure is virtually comfortable. Root canals are designed to actually remove pain.
Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp tissue or the nerve in your tooth is diseased. During the root canal procedure, the nerve that is causing you to feel the pain is removed. Once this nerve is removed, there should be no more pain. Next, the area in your tooth is cleaned and sealed.
The procedure begins by making a small opening in the chewing surface of your tooth. This will allow our dentist to access the root canal. Then, our dentist will use very small instruments to get rid of the dead or dying tissues in the pulp. Next, the root canal is thoroughly cleansed and disinfected. Finally, a special filling material is used to close the hole that was made to access your root canal.
You will need to have some sort of crown to completely protect the tooth. If you do not get root canal treatment, it is likely that the infection in your tooth will grow to the point that it will either affect other teeth, it will affect your nerves or it will cause you to lose your tooth.
If your tooth is left untreated, the root canal infection can spread to the rest of your body. There are many studies that have shown links between root canal infections and general body diseases. It is best to be safe and not put off having root canal treatment done.
The longer you wait to have a root canal done, the higher chances you have of actually losing your tooth. However, if root canal treatment is done in a timely manner, there is a high probability that you will be able to save your tooth.
In many cases, root canal treatment can be prevented. During regular dental appointments at the office of Dr. Michael Sohl, our dentist and his team can identify any small oral health issues that can be corrected before they become something more serious that might require a root canal procedure.