Root canals have a bad reputation. Even the phrase “getting a root canal” has come to mean doing something painful and unpleasant. But actually, thanks to the latest dental technology and anesthesia techniques, getting a root canal is as simple and painless as getting a filling. Root canals restore decayed or infected teeth to full function. In fact, root canals save teeth from having to be extracted, and are far less expensive than corrective measures like dentures or implants.
When a tooth is fractured deeply and the pulp which contains nerves and blood vessels is damaged, a root canal is necessary to remove the pulp from the tooth. Otherwise the pulp may become painful or swollen and the tooth may have to be removed altogether.
Teeth are composed of three layers:
Root canals become necessary when the tooth is damaged or decayed enough to expose its vulnerable pulp. This can happen due to unaddressed cavities, chips or cracks in the tooth, blunt trauma, and even too many fillings, drillings, etc. on the same tooth. When it is unprotected, pulp becomes infected, accelerating tooth decay. In the worst cases, this infection leads to an abscess, a cavity filled with pus that forms around the tooth’s roots.
Depending on the difficulty of the procedure, a root canal is performed by a dentist or endodontist, a doctor who specializes in caring for root canal procedure. Your dentist will make a recommendation, choosing the most experienced specialist to give you the best care.
In your initial evaluation, we take X-rays to check for signs of infection and determine the extent of the damage to your root canal. During the procedure, we use local anesthesia for your safety and comfort, which will make the process totally painless. Often, the nerve in the targeted tooth is already dead, which makes anesthesia unnecessary. But you can still request it anyway to help you relax.
The procedure takes a few simple steps:
At the end of the process, your tooth will be restored to its full function and esthetic.Traditional and “sleep” sedation are available for your comfort during the treatment.
The Center of Beautiful Smiles is proud to offer the best care and Drs. Pham and associates will ensure that root canal procedure experience is not what you have been told to be. Call now and schedule your root canal complimentary consultation. Please do not wait and get your teeth the care and attention they need when it comes to root canal.
Tooth Decay: Root canal (indirect post and core)