If you experience severe tooth pain when chewing or biting down, or if you have a tooth that is very sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, you might be a candidate for a root canal. Technically known as “root canal therapy,” its purpose is to relieve pain and keep your healthy teeth from needing to be removed.
When You Might Need Root Canal Therapy
Small dental cavities can be simply drilled and filled. But sometimes the cavity is too large to hold a filling, and a dental crown is required to restore the tooth. Depending on the extent of the decay, root canal therapy might also be required to provide a sufficient foundation to hold the crown. In such cases, the dental pulp in the center of the tooth may also be infected or injured. If left untreated, the tooth will die and must be extracted.
What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?
Each tooth is comprised of a crown and a root. In a regular dental filling procedure, only the decayed part of the crown is drilled out. With root canal therapy, however, the drilling goes beyond the crown and into the root, removing all the tissue inside the root, including the nerve. The hollow root is then cleaned and filled with a medicated material, and the remaining tooth is prepared and fitted with a dental crown, returning the tooth to its original shape and structure. In most cases, the whole process can be completed in one or two visits.
Don’t Fear Root Canal Therapy!
Most people cringe when they hear the term “root canal.” But thanks to modern tools, techniques, and anesthesia, it’s as pain-free as getting a regular filling. And because the nerve is removed in the process, it will no longer be possible for your tooth to feel pain! So if you’re experiencing serious tooth pain, don’t let the possibility of root canal therapy prevent you from doing something about it. Schedule an appointment at Smiles Dental today so our team can evaluate your particular situation.Check out our locations across Washington & Oregon!