Lots of people have a bad opinion of root canals even though many of them do not really know what a Root Canal Treatment is or why they might need one.
Today’s post will give you an overview of the reasons we perform root canal treatments at The Dentist House. If you live in or near Ridgecrest, CA, we hope this will remove some of the worries that come with uncertainty about what happens during this procedure.
“I’d Rather Have A Root Canal Than…”
That phrase is generally followed by someone referring to something they don’t like. The implication is that root canals are bad but whatever follows “than” is worse.
This particular phrase has probably played a part in the anxiety we see when we inform someone that he or she will need a root canal treatment.
At this point, far too many people continue to believe that this procedure is painful and scary. (Depictions of dentists in movies probably haven’t helped this.)
Root canal treatments are going to remove an infection from the inside of a Tooth. If you don’t remove the infection early, it can become quite painful. More often than it should, this pain becomes unbearable, which finally leads people to seek help.
While it may not be as colorful, the most accurate use of the phrase above would be “I’d rather have a root canal treatment than an infected tooth.”
What Is A Root Canal?
Most of the time when someone asks this, they are really asking about root canal treatments, which we will get to in a moment.
Technically, root canals are part of your teeth. They are openings in the roots that lead to the pulp chamber at the center of the tooth.
The canals and the chamber are filled with soft pulp, the canals are the means by which blood vessels and nerve enter your teeth.
Most of the time, these parts of your teeth are protected by your gums and the outer layers of your teeth. The problems occur when bacteria gain access to the inside of your tooth.
How does this happen? Many times infections start with poor oral care. This allows bacteria to multiply and eat into a tooth.
If you do not treatment the tooth decay early, it will continue eating deeper into your tooth. If it reaches the pulp chamber, then the pulp become infected or inflamed. This leads to the pain you may feel.
This pain may be constant. It may get worse when you put pressure on your tooth. It may get worse when you eat or drink something that is hot or cold.
If the bacterial growth leads to gum disease, then the bacteria may attack your tooth at the root instead. The bacteria can eat into the tooth and reach the root canal when this happens. That can lead to the same problems mentioned above.
We would not be doing our jobs if we didn’t remind you of the importance of brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist. This is how to remove bacteria from your mouth, and it gives our dental staff a chance to find and treat problems before you tooth becomes infected.
What Happens During A Root Canal Treatment?
We want to emphasize that the first thing we will do is make you don’t feel anything. We can do this with local anesthetic, or you may prefer to use one of our sedation options. Both have analgesic effects to make the procedure painless for you.
When you are ready, we will create an opening in your tooth. Using special tools, we will remove the infected pulp along with the blood vessels and the nerves inside the tooth.
Then, we clean and sanitize the interior of the tooth, and we fill it with a special material. This will help your tooth retain its shape and reduce your risk of new infections.
The final step is sealing your tooth. Depending on the specifics of your treatment, we may give you a dental filling or a dental crown.
In the end, your infection will be removed. Your pain will go away, and your tooth will feel normal again.
Visit Us To Prevent Problems
In truth, we hope you never need a root canal treatment. Visiting our dentist office in Ridgecrest, CA, for routine cleanings and examinations can reduce your risk of developing an infected tooth.
If we do recommend this procedure, we want you to feel confident that it is the best thing to do for your oral health. If you have any questions or you need to schedule an appointment at The Dentist House, please fill out our online form or call us at 760-657-4049.