A root canal may be recommended if your tooth has become infected. A root canal is a form of endodontic therapy and involves removing the infected pulp of a tooth. This treatment is used to save your tooth instead of extracting it.
During a root canal procedure, a dentist will first numb the area, then drill into the tooth to access the pulp chamber. The pulp chamber needs to be opened and the infected pulp removed. The tooth is then cleaned out and disinfected. The canals are reshaped and filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. The tooth is then sealed with a filling. To protect it from any damage in the future, we may place a customized crown over it.
There are some myths about root canal therapy, which we would like to debunk for you. Take a look.
Many patients will experience some level of pain or discomfort after a root canal. With modern techniques and anesthetics, though, most patients report that their pain is minimal and well-tolerated.
If you’ve had a root canal, you may believe that you no longer have any teeth or that you’ll lose them soon. Both those statements are untrue. Although a root canal removes the inner pulp of a tooth, it doesn’t remove the actual root. The root still anchors the tooth in your jaw. A root canal won’t cause teeth to fall out, either.
A root canal actually eliminates the possibility of further infection. The pulp and nerve are removed during the procedure, which eliminates all bacteria, infection, and decay. A root canal also gives patients the chance to restore their oral health to a healthy state.
There have been rumors that a root canal can make a patient’s teeth more difficult to chew, but this is not the case. Your dentist will make sure that you are given appropriate instructions regarding what foods to avoid after your procedure.
Sometimes, patients will experience some discomfort or tenderness after a root canal. This is normal, but if the pain continues or worsens after a few days, be sure to contact your dentist.
Some patients believe that a root canal is ineffective because they assume it’s only used to relieve pain. However, root canals are also used to save teeth.
If you experience severe pain, a root canal may be able to resolve it. Not only that, but the procedure can also prevent the need for an extraction. Extraction can be more costly, and your surrounding teeth can shift out of place.
A root canal is a safe, effective procedure that removes the infection from the tooth and restores its function.
If you want to learn more about a root canal, contact Dental Arts of Boston at (617) 266-0441 today to book an appointment with the Dentist in Boston, MA. Our team can offer guidance and make product recommendations for your unique smile.