Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy is a relatively simple procedure that can be completed in just one or two visits. The treatment relieves the intense discomfort of a severely infected tooth, and restores the tooth’s good health, by removing decayed tissues from its interior chamber. Though not as complicated as some believe, root canal therapy is still a serious concern, and if you’ve been told that you need it, then your entire tooth may be at stake.
The Inside of Your Tooth
If you’ve ever had a dental filling, then you’ve already had to have a cavity treated, and are likely familiar with the nature of infectious tooth decay. As bacteria infect your tooth, they leave a hole, or cavity, that increases in size as your condition progresses. Left untreated, the bacterial infection will reach the inner chamber of your tooth, called the pulp, that houses the nerves, blood vessels, and other soft tissues.
The Root Canal Procedure
If a tooth infection, or decay, reaches the pulp, it will directly agitate the nerves, significantly increasing your level of discomfort. Also, since the pulp is connected to the tooth’s root, which extends into the jawbone, the infection could spread to surrounding bone and tissues. A root canal procedure involves removing the infected tissues, thoroughly cleaning the inside of the tooth, and sealing the roots to prevent the spread of bacteria. A dental filling will reinforce the tooth’s cavity, and in most cases, a lifelike dental crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it.
The Signs of an Infected Tooth
An accurate diagnosis from your dentist is the only way to know for sure if your tooth is infected enough to require root canal therapy. However, if your tooth is extremely sensitive, exhibits dark discoloration, or if you have a cavity large enough to notice, then root canal therapy may be a necessity in the near-future.
To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling (203) 878-6699. The specialists at Sensitive Care Cosmetic & Family Dentistry proudly serve patients and their families in Milford, Stratford, West Haven, New Haven, and all surrounding communities.