For individuals experiencing extreme dental pain, a root canal may be the best solution to relieve discomfort. Millions of teeth are damaged by poor oral hygiene, which can lead to extreme oral issues in the future. Understanding how root canal procedures benefit the teeth will help give those suffering a potential option to make their teeth healthy again.
The tooth is constructed of many layers, one of which is the pulp, which is located within the tooth’s root. The pulp houses blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue, which all contribute to the tooth’s root development. When the pulp becomes infected or inflamed due to tooth decay, then a dental professional will effectively remove the pulp to provide relief. After removing the pulp, they will clean, disinfect and shape the root canal before sealing the space with a filling.
If a tooth is fully developed, the removal of pulp does not negatively affect it since the tissues surrounding it are still in place and continue to provide nutrients. A root canal procedure allows individuals to keep their natural teeth and continue to chew efficiently and bite normally. The procedure also protects other teeth from unnecessary strain due to individuals trying to avoid chewing with their painful tooth. The procedure also maintains the tooth’s natural appearance.
Fortunately, the root canal procedure is painless and can be completed within one or two appointments, depending on an individual’s needs. In fact, the actual procedure only takes about an hour to an hour and a half. Patients are offered anesthesia to numb the pain while they undergo the procedure.
Once finished, individuals could experience soreness or numbness in the area, just as they would with any other dental procedure. Some individuals may continue to experience slight discomfort for a few days following the procedure, which is completely normal.
A dental professional will be able to accurately assess whether a root canal is the best solution for a damaged tooth. If an individual has a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, or issues that resulted from previous fillings, a dentist may order a root canal to cure the problem. If these issues are left untreated, then individuals will experience pain and swelling.
It’s also possible for an abscess to develop either inside of the tooth or around the bone at the tooth’s root. A prolonged infection could even cause the tooth to fall out since the bacteria deteriorates the bone that connects the tooth to the jaw.
At McBride Dental, we offer our patients preventative care services to ensure their teeth remain healthy in order to avoid future complications. Through our preventative care services, we are able to detect early on whether our patients are on the verge of experiencing cavities, gum disease, or if they need a root canal. We offer x-rays, deep cleanings, and more general services to best assist our patients. If you are in the San Diego area and would like to schedule an appointment, call our office at 760-471-1003 today.