Do I Need a Root Canal?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014, 8:30 pm

Each year, millions of dental patients find themselves needing root canals, one of the most commonly-performed dental procedures. A root canal is an endodontic dental treatment, which focus on the treatment of issues inside the mouth.

Let’s learn a little bit more about the root canal procedure, and what it entails.

  1. What causes the need for a root canal? Inside of the tooth, located under the white enamel, is a soft tissue known as “the pulp,” which contains connective tissues which enable the root of a tooth to grow during its development. As a tooth grows, the pulp provides nourishment that provides proper development to the tooth. If a cavity is left untreated, bacteria can eat through enamel, damaging the pulp. A pulp can also be damaged by trauma to the tooth. A root canal will remove the damaged or infected pulp. Fully-developed teeth can function well without the pulp.
  2. What are the symptoms of a damaged pulp? Patients with a damaged or infected pulp may experience a severe toothache, discoloration of the teeth, swelling, tenderness, and sensitivity whenever you eat or drink a hot or cold beverage.
  3. What will a root canal procedure involve? Patients may need to undergo a series of office visits for a root canal. First, the dentist will remove the pulp through a small opening, then clean and seal up the tooth to prevent any further damages. A temporary filling will be placed in the opening to protect the tooth. Local anesthetic will be used to numb the area, and your dentist may prescribe medication to control any infection and allow the area to heal properly. The temporary filling will be removed at your next office visit.
  4. Is a root canal painful? Despite the fact that many people associate a root canal with severe pain, the procedure is normally not very painful. Local anesthesia helps the patient relax.
  5. Are the results of a root canal permanent? In most cases, the results of the procedure are considered permanent, though patients must continue to care for their teeth effectively in order to avoid similar future issues.

Dental Health in Toccoa

If you would like to learn more about root canal therapy, or any other procedure, contact us today. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

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