May 30, 2017
A root canal is probably the most under appreciated and over feared procedure in all of dentistry. For some reason, root canals just have a bad reputation. The truth of the matter, however, is that this common dental treatment can eliminate pain and help prevent tooth extraction. Read on to get answers that set the record straight before you have root canal in Maple Valley.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal, or root canal therapy, is the procedure that Dr. Dhaliwal or Dr. Tran perform to remove the pulp tissue deep inside a tooth. This pulp contains blood, lymph and nerve tissue and is housed in a central chamber and canals that extend to the roots of each tooth.
When is Root Canal Therapy Needed?
A root canal is required when this pulp tissue becomes infected and inflamed. As a result, there is often intense pain and dangerous bacterial toxins can also be released, leading to more problems.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
This is probably the question most often asked about root canals, and the answer is no. In fact, the procedure is designed to get rid of pain and is really no more uncomfortable than getting a filling. A local anesthetic numbs the tooth and surrounding tissue so that you’re comfortable during the entire procedure.
What are the Signs I Might Need a Root Canal?
In addition to pain, other symptoms include:
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Swelling around the tooth
- A sore on the gum tissue near the tooth
- A swollen cheek near the tooth
How is a Root Canal Performed?
Dr. Dhaliwal or Dr. Tran first creates a small hole through the chewing surface of your tooth and down into the pulp chamber. Using a set of special files, the diseased tissue and infection debris are removed. (Fortunately, a tooth can function perfectly well without the contents of the pulp chamber.)
Then, the tooth is cleaned, disinfected and filled with gutta-percha, a biocompatible substance that prevents recontamination and supports the remaining tooth structure. Finally, the tooth is sealed and prepared for a crown that will eventually be placed to protect the tooth and restore form and function.
Is There an Alternative to Root Canal?
Yes, you could have the tooth extracted, but we don’t recommend this course of treatment if avoidable. Tooth loss can lead to several other oral health problems such as drifting teeth, jawbone loss and difficulty chewing. You’re much better off having a root canal with your dentist in Maple Valley.
Contact Our Office Today
If you have any other questions about a root canal, then please call us at Four Corners Family Dentistry. We’ll be glad to assuage your concerns or schedule you for treatment.
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