Would you be surprised to learn that Root Canal Therapy is one of the most feared dental procedures? Root Canal Therapy is associated with pain because they are often necessary because of a tooth infection or because of a broken tooth that exposes the nerve of the tooth. What patients often don’t realize is a tooth that requires root canal treatment isn’t always painful. If you are apprehensive about undergoing Root Canal Therapy treatment, you may be a good candidate for Sedation Dentistry.
Some of the more obvious signs a tooth requires a root canal include:
Without Root Canal Therapy, the symptoms mentioned above may cause the tooth or teeth in question to be extracted. Extracting a tooth to avoid Root Canal Treatment isn’t always an easy fix. The cost and time necessary to replace a missing tooth outweigh the associated with completing a Root Canal.
During the Root Canal procedure, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth) is removed along with any existing decay and infection. The space that remains is filled with a specialized dental material that restores the tooth back to its function. A White Dental Filling is placed until a Dental Crown is fabricated. All teeth that undergo Root Canal treatment are required to have a Dental Crown placed. A Dental Crown prevents further damage to the tooth and restores function.
Preventing the need for Root Canal treatment can be achieved by maintaining proper oral hygiene practices at home, choosing a healthy diet, and by wearing a custom sports mouthguard to prevent injury to the teeth. Regular dental visits to diagnose and treat underlying issues early significantly reducing your risk of infection and ultimately the need for Root Canal Therapy.