Nothing is more painful than the pain of a significant toothache. A major toothache is indicative that you need a root canal. Thanks to root canal treatment, you can save your teeth from getting extracted. At Healthy Smiles of Georgia, we recommend root canal over-extraction because your health is most important. We aim at offering services that help in preventing severe oral issues along with treatments that provide you with a healthy mouth. Let’s know more about root canal treatment and how it preserves our natural teeth.
What is a root canal?
You must be wondered about the thought what exactly a root canal is. Most people get horrified even by taking the name of the root canal because they associate it with pain. But the reality is it helps you get rid of the pain. A root canal is a process in which damaged, or infected tooth pulp is cleaned. If there is no root canal, your tooth will die and finally, it has to be extracted. The tooth infection can also spread throughout your body and cause you serious illness.
Why is the root canal required?
Here are some of the myths and reasons why you need a root canal:
If you have deep cavities – Cavities start breaking the enamel layer of your tooth and then the dentin layer and finally invades the pulp chamber. Once the decay reaches the nerve of your tooth, it’s not possible to eliminate the decay without destroying the nerves. For saving the tooth, the entire nerve has to be removed from the tooth. If you experience any infection in your tooth nerve, it can cause you discomfort and a great deal of pain. Visit us at the first sign of pain.
Tooth trauma – Another reason for which you need a root canal is tooth trauma. A light hit to your tooth can make it damaged. If you are having a damaged tooth which has never received treatment, the nerve of the tooth may die which will be causing very much pain to you and you will need a root canal or tooth extraction.
Old teeth – If your teeth are old, they are more susceptible to cavities and infections. The tooth becomes infected and starts to ache and one day you will find out you need a root canal.
The procedure of root canal therapy
Above we have understood why a root canal is needed. Now, let’s understand the procedure for getting a root canal. At first, you will be given local anaesthesia and your tooth will be numbed. After that, your nerves will be removed and we will eliminate the infection from your tooth. If required, an antibiotic solution will be used on the virus.
Then the nerve chamber is filled with a dental material so that the inside part of the tooth is sealed and the remaining decay is removed. A permanent filling will be placed afterwards and impressions for your dental crown will be taken. Finally, you will be fitted with the dental crown. The process seems simple, but it may not be the same for every patient. Our root canal dentist will provide you with an overview of the treatment during the appointment.
Is it painful?
People are under the biggest misconception that root canal is painful. The toothache you feel due to the infection before the treatment is painful, but the procedure is not painful. It is designed to eliminate pain. You might feel sore for a few days after the procedure, but that is normal.
Root canal aftercare
It’s essential to care for your tooth after the root canal procedure is done. You must avoid chewing at the side of the mouth which got a root canal. Consume soft foods for a few days. Be gentle while brushing your teeth. Try to rest your mouth.
If you are thinking of getting a root canal treatment, visit us soon at Healthy Smiles of Georgia and get your treatment done by our root canal specialist.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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