Very few procedures scare patients as much as being told they require a root canal. Root canal treatments have been intimidating adult patients for years, even though the procedure is actually fast and painless. By understanding the purpose of a root canal, patients are often much more at ease and realize how beneficial this treatment can be in maintaining the natural tooth.
What is root canal therapy?
The term “root canal” is often used to describe a dental procedure that removes the dental pulp, a mass of tissues, from within the canals of the tooth. The root canal procedure is performed to address damage to a tooth that may have been caused by a cavity, injury, or infection. By removing the dental pulp from the tooth and sealing it, most patients can avoid permanent extraction of the tooth.
What happens during root canal therapy?
First, patients are made comfortable. This can be achieved with oral sedation medication and local anesthetics. The dentist then makes a hole in the tooth which allows him to access the inner canals and reach the dental pulp. The pulp is removed, the area is disinfected, and the tooth is sealed with a material called gutta percha. In many instances the dentist may also place a dental crown over the tooth. This gives it an extra layer of protection against further damage that can result from the brittle, weak enamel.
Do I really need a root canal?
There are some symptoms that may be indicative of the need for oral surgery. Root canal therapy may be recommended if patients have:
- Swelling and inflammation around the tooth
- A severe toothache
- Dull aching in a single tooth
- Puss-filled growths on the soft tissues of the mouth
- Discoloration that impacts a tooth or the gum tissue
- Sever sensitivity when eating or drinking
Do you need a root canal? Contact Dr. Steven Holbrook
If you are in need of a root canal, or any other dental service, we invite you to book an appointment at Comprehensive Dental Care. With over three decades of experience, our dentist can ensure quality care. Call (505) 881-1159 and visit at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C.